Bangkok, July 15: PV Sindhu faltered at the final hurdle. The Olympic silver medallist’s wait for her first title in 2018 got longer as she lost to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 15-21, 18-21 in the final of the Thailand Open BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament in Bangkok on Sunday.
Despite reaching three finals this year, Sindhu failed to finish on the top of the podium.
The second seeded Indian was off colour against the world champion on Sunday. Nothing worked right for Sindhu in the 50-minute contest. She was slow off the blocks while Okuhara picked up the pace and began with a 6-2 lead, Sindhu struggled to match her rival. With a couple of smashes Sindhu closed the gap to 4-6. At the mandatory break, Okuhara was slightly ahead at 11-8.
Okuhara did her best by not allowing the Indian to settle down. She made Sindhu move all over the court with deft drops and accurate drives. The Indian tried to seize control by executing her trademark smashes but while some landed in, many went awry, allowing Okuhara to extend the lead to 17-13. (TNN)