Malaysia Masters 2024 Final: PV Sindhu's Dream Run Ends, Loses To World No. 7 Wang Zhi Yi

Just ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics, the two times medalist PV Sindhu had almost regained her momentum as she reached the finals of the Malaysia Masters 2024 BWF Super 500 women's singles but unfortunately lost the title at the hands of World No.7 Wang Zhi Yi

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Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu. Badminton Photo

The Indian star shuttler lost the final round of the Malaysia Masters 2024 BWF Super 500 badminton tournament at the hands of World No.7 Wang Zhi Yi of China (21-16, 5-21, 16-21) on May 26, Sunday in Kuala Lumpur. (More Badminton News)

Using several codes of power and domination, the World No. 15 Sindhu took control of the game for a better part holding an 11-3 lead in the decider followed by a successful opening set. But then the reigning Asian champion Wang initiated a comeback earning 18 of the next 23 points. After 79 minutes of action, Sindhu accepted the bitter truth - this is not her trophy.

This win would have marked her first BWF victory in two years. "When I win that (the Malaysia Masters final), maybe I'll be much happier," she said after winning the semis. But sadly, the 28-year-old had to suffer from another pain of loss. However, her winning form up till the second set of the summit clash, on the road to the 2024 Paris Olympics is nothing short of exemplary.

In the past, PV Sindhu and Wang Zhi Yi have encountered in three games. Out of these, the Indian led the head-to-head tally 2-1. Now with one more game added, it is tied 2-2. The last BWF title Sindhu won was at the Singapore Open, against none other than the Chinese. in Wang against whom Sindhu had won the finals during her last BWF title at the Singapore Open.

In the semi-finals round of the Malaysian Masters 2024, Sindhu registered an 88-minute come-from-behind victory against world No. 20 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of 13-21, 21-16, 21-12 and reached the finals of the world tour tournament first time after sustaining knee injury back in October 2023.

Sindhu and Ongbamrungphan are the old foes, a rivalry spanning from 2012! They have locked horns 18 times before with the Indian holding the head-to-head record supremacy by winning 17 of those games. The Busanan shuttler could beat Sindhu only once in the 2019 Hong Kong Open.

Before meeting the World ranked 7th, Wang Zhi Yi in the summit clash, the two-time Olympic medalist said: "Yeah, I've played with her. Played a couple of times now. And of course, she's in the top 10 and it's not going to be easy. Of course, it's the finals. I just have to give my best and give my 100%. I think the result is secondary but the most important thing is how I play against her."

PV Sindhu having won Olympic medals, silver at the Rio 2016 Olympics and bronze at Tokyo 2020 is set to lead a seven-member badminton contingent at the 2024 Paris Olympics. She will be the only women's singles shuttler to get a ticket to Paris under 12th rank.