Badminton World Championships: PV Sindhu loses to Carolina Marin in final, settles for silver again

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NEW DELHI: It was disappointment for PV Sindhu in her second consecutive women’s singles final of the Badminton World Championships as she lost the summit clash in Nanjing on Sunday to Spain’s Carolina Marin in just 46 minutes.
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Spain’s reigning Olympic champion, Marin, lifted her third World Championships title with a 21-19, 21-10 scoreline. The victory made her the only woman to wear the crown three times, while Sindhu had to settle for a silver medal second year in a row. The Indian world No. 3 had lost the 2017 Worlds final to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara .The 25-year-old Marin had previously won gold at the World Championships in 2014 and 2015. Incidentally, it was she who defeated Sindhu in the Rio Olympics final as well.
But Sunday’s match turned into a tactical battle as it progressed, with the umpire intervening on multiple occasions to warn both the players for time-wasting between points and before serving.
The mind games affected Sindhu more and allowed Marin to boss play, especially in the second game.
Sindhu was leading 11-8 at the break in first game and then 14-9; but Marin lifted herself from that point on to bring it on even keel at 15-15 before clinching it 21-19.
The Indian failed to arrive in the second game after conceding a 5-0 lead at the start. Marin, who surged 11-2 ahead at the breather, shifted gears swiftly to not allow Sindhu a window to come back into the match.
As a result, Sindhu barely managed to reach double figures and the aggressive Marin closed the match at 21-10.
The 23-year-old Indian now has four podium finishes at the World Championships, with two bronze (2013, 2014) and two silver (2017, 2018) medals.