Sindhu defeats the Chinese Taipei shuttler in a comeback sets of 14-21, 21-19, 21-18; Will next face USA’s Zhang Beiwen on Friday.
India’s star shuttler P V Sindhu pulled off the shock of the season at the Badminton World Tour Finals on Thursday after she fought back to defeat World No. 1 Tai Tzu-Ying. This was her first win against the Taiwanese player in over two years.
The thrilling contest of 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 culminated with Sindhu sinking to her knees after the victory over her Asian counterpart that lasted over 62 enthralling minutes in the China’s southern city of Guangzhou. The win is more special considering that Sindhu has failed to win a single title this year.
The 23-year-old will have to face Zhang Beiwen of the United States on Friday. If she manages to win then, it will be her three wins in Group A of the $1.5 million end-of-the-year showpiece.
HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018
WS – Round 2
14 21 21 ??V. Sindhu PUSARLA?
21 16 18 Tzu Ying TAI
? in 61 minutes
— BWFScore (@BWFScore) December 13, 2018
The last time Sindhu beat the Taiwanese was in 2016 in the Rio Olympic Quarterfinals. She then went on to lose against Tai Tzu for consecutive six games.
The win also meant that Sindhu has now beaten both the world No.1 and No.2 within the first two days of the BWF World Tour Finals.
“Each and every point was hard fought,” said a seemingly relieved Sindhu who is ranked sixth in the world.
“There were some long rallies with good strokes. She was very deceptive and I had to be ready for her strokes. Even though I was trailing in the 3rd game I did not lose hope and I kept fighting, “ added the 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist.
On the whole, it was a disappointing day for Chinese Taipei. Apart from the loss of Tai, they also faced a similar fate in the men’s competition as well. There, the World No. 3 Chou Tien-Chen lost as well.
Chou was at the receiving end of an 18-21, 21-11, 21-14 set defeat against Son Wan-ho of South Korea.