Shuttler Sindhu drops 3rd 2018 final

Bangkok: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu’s title drought this year continued as she suffered a straight-game defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash of the USD 350,000 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament here on Sunday. It was Sindhu’s third disappointment in a final this year following her defeats in the summit clash of the India Open and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Second seed Sindhu struggled with her consistency throughout the duel as fourth-seeded Okuhara dominated the proceedings to beat the Indian 21-15 21-18 in exactly 50 minutes. By virtue of this win, Okuhara has taken a 6-5 head-to-head win-loss record over Sindhu. The last time the duo met at the All England Championships earlier this year, it was the Indian who prevailed over the Japanese.