BWF World Tour Finals: Sindhu ends with a win, Srikanth loses yet again

P V Sindhu
P V Sindhu managed just a win from three matches in the group stage. Photo: AFP

Bangkok: Already out of contention for the knockouts, World champion P V Sindhu ended her campaign with a consolation win at the BWF World Tour Finals but Kidambi Srikanth had a disappointing finish after yet another close defeat, here on Friday.

Sindhu, the Olympic silver medallist, notched up a 21-18 21-15 win over world No. 13 Pornpawee Chochuwong in her third and final match after suffering defeats in the first two days.

"Well I think it was a good finish. Actually until yesterday I still had a chance. Unfortunately the match with Tai (Tzu Ying) went the other way, so I didn't have a chance. Otherwise, it was a good game," Sindhu said.

Srikanth, however, went down 21-12, 18-21, 19-21 to Hong Kong's NG Ka Long Angus in what was yet another narrow defeat in a three-game thriller.

Sindhu opened up a 9-5 lead early on before entering the interval with a two-point advantage. Chochuwong managed to turn the tables at 15-14 but a determined Sindhu ensured there was no hiccups as she claimed the opening game.

In the second, Sindhu dished out a dominating game as she jumped to a 6-0 lead and then kept moving ahead, keeping her rival at bay to seal the contest without much ado.

"For any athlete, losing two games is going to be hard to come back stronger to, but I think it's very important from these wins to come back stronger and believe in yourself. I just played my game," she said.

"Today is a new day and a fresh start. These three tournaments haven't gone as I had expected and there's been a lot to learn. After a long gap, I was very excited to be back on court, I think it's been a good thing. Now I'll go back home, be happy, take some rest and come back stronger."

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