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PV Sindhu’s Dream Run Ends, Loses Denmark Final in 2 Games

Playing her maiden Super Series final, the two-time World Championship bronze medallist lost the match in 47 minutes.

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Playing her maiden Super Series final, the two-time World Championship bronze medallist lost the match in 47 minutes. (Photo: Reuters)

Indian badminton star P V Sindhu could not cap off her dream run at the Denmark Open with a title, as she went down 21-19, 21-12 to Li Xuerui in the Final on Sunday.

Playing her maiden Super Series final, the two-time bronze medallist could not break the stranglehold of Li, who played a compact game and rode on her repertoire of strokes to bag the title in 47 minutes.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

In the opening game, Li opened up a slender 3-0 lead early on but Sindhu soon wrested control at 8-6 and then ended the break with a 11-10 lead. After the breather, Sindhu stepped on the gas and zoomed to a massive 16-10 lead.

However, Li soon closed the gap to 13-16. But a down the line smash from Sindhu helped her gather another point. The Indian lost a couple of points at the nets to allow Li claw back to 16-17.

Li then engaged in a flat game and Sindhu failed to connect. Her shot got buried at the nets and the Chinese gained a two-point lead to be at 20-18. An accurate down the line return helped Sindhu save one but she erred in judging the shuttle next to allow Li walk away with the first game that lasted 26 minutes.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

In the second game, Li again moved to a 3-1 lead after Sindhu lost her second video referral. Errors seemed to creep in her game as her smashes were going wide and long, allowing Li to surge ahead 6-1 in a jiffy.

The drift in the hall also bothered Sindhu as she could not gauge the length of the shots even as Li rode on some spectacular shots to move to 13-4. With her armoury of shots, Li left Sindhu wrong-footed and sometimes completely clueless to soon move to 15-7.

Li reached match point after Sindhu hit long once again and she won her first title of the injury-ridden season without much ado with another shot which the Indian let go.

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