The Indian badminton star, PV Sindhu won Silver in Hong Kong Open Super Series final last Sunday.
The World number 3, Sindhu is one of the most famous badminton players in India. She is just 22-years-old but owns a whole sack of championship medals and awards.
Sindhu is the first Indian woman ever to win an Olympic Silver medal in badminton. On 27th November last month, she had been awarded the Indian Sports Honor 2017.
PV Sindhu had scored over every top player in the world at one time or another in the course of past two years. Reaching the final of four Super Series this season, she had won Gold in two of them and managed Silver in the other two.
Here are the four series finals, Sindhu played and won a gold or silver. Let's have a look at them.
#1 Indian Open Super Series
Indian Open Super Series was the first super series final Sindhu reached this year. The match was all exciting and thriving as Carolina Marin of Spain and Sindhu clashed for the title. The two players faced each other back in 2016 Rio Olympics where Marin defeated Sindhu to win gold.
However, this match came up with different colours. The third seed Sindhu won her maiden medal in the series by beating Carolina Marin. She lifted the title by winning against Marin in straight games 21-19, 21-16, avenging her defeat in Rio Olympics last year.
#2 World Badminton Championship
The world championship is something different. Sindhu reached the world championship final back in August. Although she couldn't manage to grab Gold, the star shuttler won everyone's heart by giving what could be described as one of her best performances.
In a challenging and tough match, Sindhu went down fighting 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. Played at the Emirates Arena at Glasgow, Sindhu wasn't able to pull the gold title.
The women's final of WBC was one of the best and second longest match of all time. The game lasted for an hour and 50 minutes where both the shuttlers despite being tired, gave their exceptional performance until the very end.
After this match, Sindhu told the media that she was happy at bagging Silver. Sindhu had won Bronze for two consecutive years in the 2013 and 2014 edition of the championship.
The Indian PM, Narendra Modi, along with many other prominent personalities congratulated Sindhu for her performance in the game.
#3 Korea Open Super Series
The Korea Open Super Series was PV Sindhu's third super series title overall. It turned out to be an epic battleground when the same two finalists for World Badminton Championship- Nozomi Okuhara and PV Sindhu faced each other for the second time within three weeks.
In a super-exciting and thrilling match, Sindhu took charge and avenged her WBC defeat. She took an hour and 23 minutes to defeat Okuhara.
The Korea Open final was a rerun of the WBC match. The Indian shuttler outlasted Okuhara by winning 22-20, 11-21, 21-18.
The game was neck and neck, and although both the players showed their a-game, Sindhu won the game which also resulted in breaking Okuhara's 14-medal winning streak.
#4 Hong Kong Open Super Series
When Sindhu was playing her fourth Super Series final of the year, hopes were that she would bring home her third title of the year. Although this could not happen, she managed a Silver by gallantly fighting for the title.
Sindhu faced Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying for the second time in the same series in consecutive years. Both the player reached the finals of the series in 2016 as well where Tai Tzu Ying won the title.
Sindhu does not hold a good record against Ying. Of the ten matches both player faced each other before this game, Ying was ahead of Sindhu by 7-3. The pressure on Sindhu was high.
Although Sindhu tried to level up the match to her best efforts, she could not save herself from facing defeat. She lost the game by a 15-21, 17-21 margin.
#5 Syed Modi Grand Pix Gold Title
PV Sindhu had a magnificent start to the year 2017 when she won her first title at the Syed Modi Grand Pix.
The outstanding shuttler won the first gold title of the year by defeating Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska. Also, this was her maiden win in the tournament. While Sindhu lost the title to Saina Nehwal back in 2014, this year she won by straight games 21-13, 21-14.
Top seed Sindhu dominated the play and outplayed her opponent in the 30-minute game to win $12,000 and her gold title. With this win, Sindhu brought a lot of joy to the Indian fans, who could watch one of their biggest star shuttler win the title from the stands.