World Championship Final: PV Sindhu Settles For Silver Medal After Losing To Carolina Marin

| August 5 , 2018 , 16:09 IST

Indian Ace shuttler PV Sindhu had to settle for the silver medal at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China on Sunday after losing the finals against arch-rival Spaniard Carolina Marin in straight games.

This win means, Marin has become the first women’s player to win three World Championship golds.

The Spanish shuttler defeated Sindhu with a scoreline of 21-19, 21-10 to win the final as the Indian had to settle for silver for a second year in running. Sindhu also went on to become the only Indian to secure 4 medals at BWF World Championship.

In the 1st game Marin managed to gain an early lead with a score of 3-1, immediately Sindhu collected one more point and not taking too long to race to a 5-3 lead.

Sindhu looked determined to extend her lead and eventually managed to lead until the break with an 11-8 score, but Marin kept trying hard and also managed to maintain pressure.

Sindhu was leading till 15-11 score but after that, the Spain shuttler won a string of points leading to a smash right near Sindhu’s left foot to go 16-15 up.

Both the players were trying hard and let the score count to 18-18. Marin took the lead from there on and with few smashes went on to win the 1st game to count the score 21-19.   

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In the 2nd game Marin dominated Sindhu once again as the Spaniard raced to an 8-2 lead in no time, Sindhu needed a series of points to come back into the game but Marin continued with her momentum to count the score 16-4.

From there on it was all Marin's game and with a match point from the right side of the court Sindhu’s backhanded return went long and that’s the end of the match, also ending Sindhu and India's hope for a maiden World Championship gold.

Another game, another final loss for Sindhu. Marin moved from strength to strength with a big lead while her opponent looked worn out and was short of answers.

Sindhu couldn't better her performance at the tournament from last year after failing to find rhythm and form in the final match against Marin, who took a 7-6 lead in the head-to-head battle against Sindhu.