PV Sindhu has won the China Open series after beating the home favourite China’s Sun Ya 21-11, 17-21, 21-11.
Indian badminton’s supergirl and Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu was eyeing history at China Open. She took on Sun Yu of China and became the second Indian player to win the title. Saina Nehwal was the first to do it in 2014.
World No. 11 Sindhu had a 2-3 head to head record against Sun Ya but her performance overtook all the statistics as it mattered very less. The Indian shuttler dominated the first set and was looking sharp and active in the court. She bamboozled her opponent and took an unassailable 20-8 lead before winning the first set eventually by 21-11.
In the second set the Chinese came back but Sindhu was gritty and fought hard to get a 4 points lead on 14-10. But Sun came back and won the set 21-17 to level it up.
The final set was another thrilling one as the Indian started with new exuberance, taking the game on to her opponent. There was a rapid move from both of them as they were tied on 6-6. But the tide of the tie changed soon in the favour of Sindhu as she was too hot to handle for Sun. Some venomous returns and smashes were too good for the Chinese as the Indian shuttler grabbed a 19-11 lead. Errors kept on coming from Sun Ya and India’s golden girl eventually had it easy in the end, winning the final set 21-11 and thus, winning the China Open Super Series.
Road to the Glory:
- Sindhu’s first match in the Series was against Lee Chia-hsin of Chinese Taipei. She won the match in straight sets; 21-12, 21-16.
- She faced Zhang BW in the Second round and beat the USA shuttler 18-21, 22-20, 21-17.
- Sindhu won the quarter finals in straight set again, beating China’s He BJ 22-10, 21-10.
- In the Semi-Final, the Indian girl beat Korea’s Sung Ji-hyun 11-21, 23-21, 21-19.
Being the first Indian Woman to win a Silver Medal at the Olympics to the second Indian woman to win the China Open, Sindhu has had a spectacular 2016. The 21 year old has truly been remarkable and will be eyeing to continue her surge to the pinnacle of Women Badminton in the coming years.
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