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A thrilling encounter in the Women’s Singles as Takahashi edges PV Sindhu.

It’s happened against Pornpawee Chochuwong in 2021 and at the All England semis last year and the Olympics too, where Sindhu freezes at that juncture. She continues playing fluid strokes and fights like a woman possessed. She even has an almighty glorious last throw of the dice. But it’s like an unmanned train wreck with brakes not in her control when she attempts to close out the decider after a huge conceded lead.

She made a match of it, edging closer at 17-18. But Takahashi was no mug, and pulled away, driving in the knife, to put it past the Indian. Another All England come and gone, and it is inexplicable why a well-rounded game and a sharp attack doesn’t find the last nip of menace at Birmingham.

A narrow 11-10 lead for Takahashi ballooned into a 15-10 yawning gap, putting Sindhu under scoreboard pressure. These are treacherous passages of play for the Indian if she isn’t overtly confident of her aggression and powerplay seeing her through. Sindhu can appear blank in finishing out if she loses a tiny initiative or control over the rally. And that’s exactly how the cookie crumbled.

But again, post interval in the second, there was a flagging of alertness which allowed Takahashi a respectable, not too threatening 21-16 hope. Japanese players – remember Nozomi Okuhara – do not waste such opportunities.

What perhaps lacked in the second set was the sort of ruthlessness that would’ve shut the door decisively on Takahashi. Sindhu wasn’t frugal enough at that point.

The matchup needed Sindhu to get a sense of the opponent’s shots, and the whirlwind drift calculations from either side. As the match progressed, Sindhu got a grip on how the bird was travelling. Sure the first set went the Japanese’ way, and Sindhu slipped up a bit between 11-9 and catching up at 15. But it wasn’t a calamitous – the 21-19 opening score.

She couldn’t catch up in the opener, but with a 14-4 lead, she was well on her way to restoring parity in the second, playing her shots with a spring in her step, and ready to forget about having conceded the lead. What trailing by a set might’ve done to her psychologically will never be known, because her counter punching was prompt.