PV Sindhu loses final at World Badminton Championships, wins silver

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Sindhu earlier beat reigning junior world champion, Chen Yufei of China, to storm into the finals on Saturday. The two players have met seven times so far in worldwide badminton with Saina having an upper hand in six of those battles.

PV Sindhu will vye for the gold at the world championships today. Stay tuned for the latest updates. Padukone made a strong start in his semi-final against Icuk Sugiarto, winning the first game 15-9 but eventually succumbed to the Indonesian to settle for a bronze.

After taking a 11-5 lead, PV Sindhu went down losing the first game 19-21. He won the first round by 21-17 in just 22 minutes but she had no idea about the plans of Japan's shuttler. A pumped up Saina returned everything thrown at her and came up with the ideal clears to close out the rallies.

While the gruelling contest was on between Sindhu and Okuhara, Sehwag had tweeted: "Making India switch off from watching a cricket match while we are batting, what a joy to watch". Etsuko Toganoo and Emiko Ueno had won gold for the East Asian nation in the first ever World Championships (in women's doubles).

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Sindhu had a 19-17 advantage towards the end but Nozomi showed pure nerve to win five of the next six points to win her maiden title despite Sindhu saving a matchpoint, earning her fourth victory over the Indian in seven meetings.

Sindhu has once again lost a major final, but she should be proud of her performance in Glasgow.

The results: Men's singles: Quarterfinals: Son Wan Ho (Kor) bt K. Srikanth 21-14, 21-18; Lin Dan (Chn) bt Vincent Wong Wing Ki (HK) 21-17, 21-1; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) 21-18, 20-22, 21-16. If that was not enough, an error in the serve by Saina meant Okuhara raced away to a 4-0 lead.

When it was done, almost two hours of sweat-soaked, adrenalin-charged, toe-to-toe, lung-busting, heart-wrenching badminton finished in the blink of an eye with a Nozumi Okuhara victor, PV Sindhu stood bent over double.