PV Sindhu loses to Okuhara in World Badminton Championship finals, settles for silver
She played Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the final. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
India's PV Sindhu had to settle for silver at the World Badminton Championship after she lost the final to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in Glasgow on Sunday.
India's Olympic 2016 silver medallist lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara, a 2016 bronze medallist, in a gruelling match that lasted an hour and 50 minutes.
Sindhu earlier beat reigning junior world champion, Chen Yufei of China, to storm into the finals on Saturday.
Okuhara was the first Japanese to make it to the final of the World Championships.
Asked about her chances ahead of the final, Sindhu had admitted "not going to be an easy match" but that she would give her best.
"Of course yes, but it's not so easy because even she is a good player, and also she knows my game and I know her game, so it's not going to be an easy match tomorrow. And also because the conditions are different, the atmosphere is different here, so I shouldn't take it easy. We've won against her but it's just that I have to give my best."
Sindhu had previously won two bronze medals in the World Championships, in 2013 and 2014.