World Badminton Championships: Last Moment Changed It All, Says PV Sindhu

Updated: 28 August 2017 08:37 IST

Talking about the final, which was the longest match of the tournament, lasting one hour and 49 minutes, the Indian star said,"It was mentally and physically very tough".

World Badminton Championships: Last Moment Changed It All, Says PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu returns against Nozomi Okuhara during their women's singles final match. © AFP

An 'upset' PV Sindhu says 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 Indian star 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.

Topics : Pusarla Venkata Sindhu Badminton
Highlights
  • PV Sindhu finished with silver medal at World Championships
  • PV Sindhu lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22
  • PV Sindhu now has three World Championships medals
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