Hong Kong Open Super Series: PV Sindhu Beats Local Favourite to Storms Into Final
PV Sindhu. (Getty Images)
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu made her way to the Hong Kong Open Super Series final in style as she edged past local girl Cheung Ngan-yi in straight games on Saturday.
In a match which lasted for 46 minutes, the Rio Olympics silver medallist outplayed Cheung 21-14, 21-16.
In the quarters, Sindhu came back from six points down in the final game to seal a come from behind victory to enter the semi-finals of the tournament with a 21-17, 21-23, 21-18 win over Singapore’s Liang Xiayou.
Sindhu hardly broke any sweat as she defeated beat Cheung, an opponent she had beaten twice in the past at the 2014 Badminton Asia Championships and 2013 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold.
After the Hong Kong shuttler took a slender 4-2 lead early on, Sindhu slowly clawed back and broke off at 8-8 to never allow Cheung to threaten her chances.
Eventually from a 16-14 lead, Sindhu reeled off five points to pocket the first game.
In the second game, the Indian managed a 7-3 lead and even though Cheung clawed back immediately, Sindhu surged to a 10-7 advantage and then slowly crafted her way to shut the doors on her World No. 26 opponent.
Sindhu will have to be little cautious against Tai Tzu, who holds a 4-3 head-to-head record against the Indian.
Sindhu will look back at her Olympic performance when she had beaten the Taiwan girl on August 15 at Rio.
“I finished it easily in two games. I was prepared for everything. I was ready from the first point. She had good support from the home crowd. Even though I led, I didn’t take it easy,” Sindhu said after the match.
“Happy about two finals in two weeks. Hopefully will give my best, let’s see if there will be a repeat of last week’s result.”
(With inputs from PTI)