The year 2017 has been a mixed bag for Indian shuttler PV Sindhu. She made it to 6 finals this year, out of which she won 3 and lost 3. The year ended on a sour note for her as she got defeated in the Dubai Super Series final by Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.
Let us have a look at her performance in all the finals she has played this year.
Gold in Syed Modi International (January)
It was the first title win in 2017 for Sindhu where she took just 30 minutes to outclass her opponent Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska 21–13, 21–14. Sindhu lad lost the finals in 2014 to her Indian counterpart Saina Nehwal in 2014.
Gold in India Open (April)
Then came Carolina Marin, the Spaniard who had defeated her in the Olympics final in 2016. Sindhu was up for her this time around as she took 47 minutes to pack up her bag, clinching her maiden Indian Open series title in two games with scoreline reading 21-19, 21-16
Lost in World Championships finals (August)
In August 2016, when PV Sindhu faced Nozumi Okuhara, that was in the Olympics semifinals, it was the Hyderabad shuttler who had emerged victorious. One year down the line, the two were again facing each other for the World Championship title. Okuhara, here, had the last laugh as Sindhu lost the game 19-21, 22–20, 20-22.
Gold in Korea Open (September)
It was a Gold-medal match and yet again the pressure was immense. In front of Sindhu was Nozomi Okuhara, who she had beaten in the semifinals of the Olympics. However, the Japanese was ahead 4-3 in head to head comparison and had beaten her in World Championships final. The final went on for one hour and 24 minutes and what we saw a close-fought battle between the two. In the end, it was Sindhu who handled the nerves better and clinched the match and the title 22-20, 11-21, 21-18. In the process, she also broke Okuhara’s 14-match winning streak.
Hong Kong Open finals (November)
One of the toughest finals for Sindhu not only this year but in her career. The opponent was the World Number 1 Tai Tzu-Ying from Chinese Taipei. She went down 18-21, 18-21 in the match. The battle went on for 44 minutes and despite great effort, Sindhu was only catching up to the speed of the Taiwanese.
BWF World Super Series (December)
The world number 3 (PV Sindhu) was taking on the world number 2 (Akane Yamaguchi) which was a testimony to the fact that this was going to be a close contest. Sindhu clinched the first game 21-15 and it appeared as if the wonder girl from India was going to end the year on a high. However, the Japanese returned beautifully, winning the second game 21-12. The last game went to the wire. At one time, they were neck to neck and running out of gas. A small error at the net cost Sindhu the game and also the title. She lost the final 21-15, 12–21, 19-21.