PV Sindhu lauds Nozomi Okuhara after World Badminton Championships thriller

PV Sindhu said that while it was upsetting to lose such a close final against Nozomi Okuahara at the World Badminton Championships, both players gave their all in the thrilling title clash

other sports Updated: Aug 28, 2017 13:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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PV Sindhu had words of praise for Nozomi Okuhara after losing to the Japanese shuttler in the final of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow.(AFP)

After losing a thrilling final to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the World Badminton Championships, India’s PV Sindhu offered words to praise to the newly crowned world champion, while ruing the heartbreaking defeat in her second major final in a year’s time. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Sindhu lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in a nerve-wracking title clash in Glasgow on Sunday.

“It was anybody’s game. It’s upsetting to lose, but you can’t say anything at the end of such a match. It was never over from both sides. The third game went to 20-all. Every point was tough and we were both not getting go. Obviously anybody would aim for a gold because this is the final of the World Championship, but that last moment changed everything,” she said.

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“I’ve always known she was never easy. And we would never leave the shuttle. I’ve always played long matches against her and was prepared for this. But in the end, it could’ve been anyone. It was her,” Sindhu said of Okuhara.

The 2016 Rio Olympic finalist lauded Okuhara for her persistence, saying, “We both believed in ourselves. I used to always back myself in long matches. But today maybe even she believed in herself. It was good overall. With this confidence I know I’ll learn much more going forward. Both physically and mentally this was a tough match, with those long tosses and drops. I finally realised she’s never gonna leave.”(sic)

First Published: Aug 28, 2017 11:00 IST