PV Sindhu failed to end her season drought as she lost the title clash of Indonesia Open 2019 in straight games to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in Jakarta on July 21. Sindhu ended up as the runner up after losing the final of BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament 15-21 16-21 to the fourth seed.
“There were long rallies and I made few mistakes in the first game, when I was leading by two-three points (12-8),” Sindhu was quoted by The Field.
Sindhu, who was playing her first final of the season, expressed satisfaction on having had a good tournament overall, and hoped to carry this experience further in the Olympic qualification.
“It was a good experience, it was a good tournament for me and with this confidence I can go further. It’s Olympic qualification, so everyone is working hard. Next is Japan Open, I hope I do well in that,” she said.
Sindhu was left to lament a sub-par display in the final against her Japanese opponent after clinching her first silver medal.
“I could have continued from there but gave her the lead at that point and then she finished it off. If I had won the first game, maybe it would have been a bit different. Second game I gave her a huge lead and had to cover up.”
“On shuttles where I should be getting points, I made errors there, hitting little bit off the frame,” Sindhu said. “Some shuttles where she couldn’t take when they were actually going out… if I had won those points it would have been different. It was a different game completely to Okuhara, because the rallies were fast. From my side, those mistakes were costly.”
The Olympic silver medallist, who had come into the contest with a favourable 10-4 head-to-head record against the Japanese, also spoke about the Olympic qualification and how things have changed since her silver medal-winning performance in Rio Olympics.
“It’s very different now [compared to four years back]. Some of the players are around but a new lot of players have also come up, there are the new Chinese players. Then and now, the game has changed a lot. The matches are going on really long, there is a need to be very much patient. No one can take it easy against lower-ranked players, because the top 10 players are at the same level now. Anyone can beat anyone on their day,” she said.