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All who choke PV Sindhu just before the Summit

PV Sindhu is India’s most decorated woman shuttler with many wins on her shelf, including two Olympics medals, a world championship, and BWF World Tour Finals championships.

New Delhi: PV Sindhu is India’s most decorated woman shuttler with many wins on her shelf, including two Olympics medals, a world championship, and BWF World Tour Finals championships.

Yet, she had faced many woes at the world stages when she had to make peace without the gold. 

There have been many opponents of Sindhu that have prevented her from reaching the zenith.

Here is the list of her top opponents who the tall Hyderabadi would want to win over:-

Tai Tzu-Ying – PV Sindhu, who was eyeing the gold, had to come back from India from Tokyo with Bronze medal as she was defeated by Chinese Taipei’s player Tai Tzu-Ying in the semi-finals. She has won just five times out of 19 games that she encountered each other. 

Carolina Marin – In Rio Olympics 2016, Sindhu was defeated by Carolina Marin 17-21, 19-21. Sindhu became the first India Woman to have won a silver in the badminton singles in Olympics. 

The Rio 2016 finalists met in another final in 2017, this time at the India Open, where Sindhu won her home event with an emphatic 21-19, 21-16 scoreline. Since then, there have been five PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin clashes, with Marin winning four, including the 2018 BWF World Championships final.

Nozomi Okuhara – PV Sindhu has faced Nozomi Okuhara 17 times over the years, and their head-to-head is almost equal with the Indian shuttler leading at 9-8.

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In the last meeting between the two at the All England Championships, Nozomi Okuhara had beaten PV Sindhu in three games. Millions of PV Sindhu fans still remember the day when the Indians demolished the Japanese to storm into the women’s singles final at the Rio Olympics five years ago.

Akane Yamaguchi – Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is Sindhu’s most vanquished opponent. The two players have met 18 times on the court, and Sindhu has won 11 of them. She defeated Yamaguchi in almost all major tournaments like the Superseries Finals, BWF World Championships, and the Asian Games. 

However, in the Indonesia Open final in 2019, she lost to her in straight games and then fell to her in the BWF World Tour Finals in 2019. She is likely to go up against her in the quarterfinals in the Olympics.

first published:Nov. 23, 2021, 5:59 p.m.

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