In Asia Badminton Championships, India’s P.V. Sindhu today won her second Asian bronze medal after a heartbreaking three-game loss to top-seed and defending champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the semifinal in Manila.
The two-time Olympic medallist and former world champion, Sindhu had the match in her control after clinching the opening game 21-13 and leading 13-11 in the second.
However, a point penalty for time wasting for Sindhu completely changed the complexion of the match as from that point onwards, it was her opponent who found her rhythm and never let Sindhu regroup. Sindhu was always trailing in the decider and ultimately, lost the tie.
Yesterday itself, Sindhu assured a medal in the championship when she defeated He Big Jiao of China 21-9,13-21 and 21-19 in the quarterfinal.