Indian shuttling stalwart PV Sindhu concluded her campaign at the Badminton Asian Championships with a bronze after losing to defending champion Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles semifinal in Manila, Philippines on Saturday.
Sindhu, who was fourth seeded at the event, went down against top seed Yamaguchi in the semis in a match that lasted for an hour and six minutes. Despite taking the lead in the opening game with a 21-13 finish, Sindhu fell behind her Japanese opponent as Yamaguchi edged out the second game 21-19, before sealing the deal in the decider with 21-16 to clinch a berth in the final.
The 2016 Rio silver and 2020 Tokyo bronze medallist won her second bronze at the Championships after winning her maiden one back in 2014 in Gimcheon. Sindhu started her campaign this year with a win over Taiwan’s Pai Yu-Po in the opening round, followed by defeating Singaporean shuttler Yue Yann Jaslyn Hooi to enter the quarterfinals, where she outplayed He Bingjiao of China to reach the semis.
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