Sindhu loses to Okuhara in Thailand Open final

Bangkok : Olympic silver medallist PV 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 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament on Sunday.

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.

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.

Sindhu, who had an ankle strain ahead of the CWG, reached semi-final and quarterfinal in her last two tournaments — in Malaysia and Indonesia — before this one.

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