World Badminton Championships 2017: 'Upset' PV Sindhu says 'last moment changed everything' in final
An 'upset' PV Sindhu said a historic gold medal at the World Badminton Championships slipped through her hands in the dying moments of the thrilling final against Nozomi Okuhara.
Glasgow: An "upset" PV Sindhu said a historic gold medal at the World Badminton Championships slipped through her hands in the dying moments of the thrilling final against Nozomi Okuhara.
Sindhu and Okuhara fought tooth and nail in the gripping final, often placed neck-and-neck.
"I am upset. In the third game, it was anybody's game at 20-all. Everybody aims for gold and I was there very close but that last moment changed everything," she said referring to crucial unforced error at 20-20 in the deciding game.
"She is not easy player. Every time we have played it is not easy, it is tough, tough rallies. I never took her easy. We never left any shuttle. I was prepared for a long match but I guess it was not my day," the 22-year old gritty shuttler added.
Talking about the final, which was the longest match of the tournament, lasting one hour and 49 minutes, the Hyderabadi said, "It was mentally and physically very tough."
"Each rally was long and we both were fired up and we both were fighting hard and it was so close, we were going like 14-14 18-18 and after 20-20 it is anybody's game. It was a big match, a good match but unfortunately I couldn't win."
Sindhu said overall the world championship final has been very satisfying for the Indians.
"We Indians are very proud that we won two medals with Saina also doing well. I am proud that I could win a silver for the country. It has given me a lot of confidence and I would come back to win more titles in future."
The Indian, who now has won three World Championship medals, said there was no need to tinker with the format and scoring pattern to ensure short contests.
"I think 21 points is good, there will be long rallies and it won't be possible to keep it within 30-40 minutes because it a world championship and everybody is a world class player," she said.
Gopichand, who had guided Saina Nehwal and Sindhu to a bronze and silver respectively in the last two Olympics, believes Indian badminton players have a good opportunity to better their performance.
The soft-spoken Indian ace was not known for her aggression till five years back and it was chief national coach Pullela Gopichand, who had transformed her into an aggressive player ahead of the Rio Games.
The world number seven Indian will next play Hong Kong's world number 34 Cheung Ngan Yi in the group stage.