Manila | Jagran Sports Desk: Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Saturday ended her campaign at the Badminton Asia Championships with a bronze medal after Japan's Akane Yamaguchi defeated her in three games in the Philippines where the championship is underway. This is Sindhu's second medal in the tournament -- she had claimed a bronze in the 2014 Gimcheon edition.

The 26-year-old started the match on a positive note but couldn't keep the winning momentum going, losing 21-13 19-21 16-21 to the top seed and world No. 2 Yamaguchi in the clash, which lasted one hour and six minutes. The Hyderabad shuttler, who won two Super 300 titles at Syed Modi International and Swiss Open, took the first game easily in 16 minutes.

In the second game, the double Olympic medallist Sindhu was handed a point penalty for taking too much time between points, leading to an argument with the referee. The argument between the two led to a momentum shift as Yamaguchi levelled the proceedings to force a decider. The Japnese shuttler found her rhythm and never let Sindhu regroup.

In the final game, Sindhu trailed from the beginning. In the end, Yamaguchi had five match points, which she duly converted. The head-to-head between Sindhu and Yamaguchi is now 13-9 in the Indian's favour. With Sindhu's defeat, India's challenge at the individual continental championship has ended.

 

(With Agency Inputs)

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan