PV Sindhu tried her level best but could not clinch one of the major tournaments of the year, the year-ending BWF World Series final in Dubai. She lost to her Japanese opponent Akane Yamaguchi in a hard-fought final, by 21-15, 12-21, 19-21 in a war of attrition.
Sindhu was in blistering form in the first game of the match , winning it 21-15 in just 23 minutes. She got out of the blocks quickly, taking an ultra-aggressive approach, playing an attacking brand of badminton. Yamaguchi had no reply to this approach and in a space of few minutes was firmly on the backfoot. Sindhu then firmly capitalized on the momentum, wrapping up the first game in under 30 minutes.
She carried the momentum in the second game, starting brilliantly again. But Yamaguchi was more firm in the second game, not willing to surrender meekly this time around. She finally started to show some fight which was helped with some uncharacteristic errors from the Indian ace shuttler. In the blink of an eye, Sindhu then found herself trailing 11-9 and had to give her all from stopping the Japanese to run away with the title.
Unfortunately, though, she could not stop the Japanese losing the second game of the match by a scoreline of 12-21 inciting some hard words by the generally calm and collective Pulella Gopichand.
This certainly seemed to have an effect on Sindhu as she regained her poise and immediately raced to a 4-0 lead in the deciding game. But Yamaguchi again fought back, soon levelling the score at 5-5.
But Sindhu stuck to her task this time around taking a 11-8 lead again in a topsy-turvy third game of the match. Yamaguchi though then stoked by her unsatiated desire, continued to wage a war, taking a 16-15 lead. Yamaguchi then faced some nervy moments with Sindhu repeatedly fighting back but with the score finally levelled at 19-all, an unforced error by Sindhu gave the Japanese match points. She then made no error, calmly serving a floater which worked in her favour, winning one of the best matches of the calendar year.