PV Sindhu has been chosen as the flag bearer for the Indian contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast starting on April 4.
On the cusp of history, Sindhu failed to build on a handsome lead in the decider to go down 21-19 19-21 18-21 to Yamaguchi after battling for an hour and 19 minutes.
All England Badminton Championships Highlights: PV Sindhu loses to Akane Yamaguchi in semi-finals.
Sindhu ensured that she had the last laugh as she outwitted Okuhara 20-22 21-18 21-18 in a battle that lasted an hour and 24 minutes.
HS Prannoy progressed to the All England Championships quarter-finals with a convincing win but Kidambi Srikanth lost his pre-quarters match to bow out of the tournament.
PV Sindhu beat Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand in the second round of the All England Open.
PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have relatively easy first round opponents while Saina Nehwal will face World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the opening round.
PV Sindhu said that she aimed for the top spot in the sport and expressed hope that she would do well in the forthcoming tournaments.
PV Sindhu, who had achieved a career-best ranking of World No 2 few months ago, said when she started playing at the age of eight her first dream was to represent India.
PV Sindhu will have a relatively easier draw against Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.
PV Sindhu consistently has been the only bright spot in India's mediocre showing.
India advanced to the quarter-finals despite losing to Japan. PV Sindhu was the lone winner for India.
The 2018 games will be held here from April 4 to 15
The badminton star is the first athlete to get involved in the 'PadMan Challenge'.
PV Sindhu proved her mettle as she first claimed the singles match and then combined with N Sikki Reddy to win the second doubles game
Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu fell to fifth seeded Beiwen Zhang from the US in the women's singles final of the India Open BWF World Tour Super 500 here on Sunday.
Sindhu made a sensational start by collecting 12 points on the trot with a combination of lethal cross-court matches and brilliant net play.