PV Sindhu defeated Beiwen Zhang of USA by 21-9, 21-15 in the women’s singles of the BWF Tour Finals 2018 in Guangzhou, China, thus qualifying for the semifinals. He has been undefeated in the group stage. She has been in prolific form of late, after stunning Taiwan’s World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in her previous match.
Sameer Verma also joined her after winning by 21-9, 21-18 against Thailand Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the men’s singles. Both the shuttlers are the only Indians competing in the competition.
The women’s singles match, Sindhu made anything but a good start against Zhang, after conceding a 0-4 lead early on.
However, she clawed her way back in the contest with at 6-6 after producing some angled returns. These included an enchanting over-the-head cross-court return.
The World No. 6 sustained the pressure and managed to take a 3-point lead over her opponent going into the break.
Post break, even though Zhang tried her best to put the shuttle in difficult positions, Sindhu rejoindered with tenacity. In fact, she went on to produce some of her best returns and extended her lead to 17-8.
The game was eventually over, with the Indian sealing the opening game comfortably within 15 minutes.
The second game witnessed a similar story, with Sindhu continuing to dominate the proceedings. She accumulated the first 5 points before hitting long.
Zhang appeared to suffer from indecision and her opponent’s dominant play. She ended up committing too many unforced errors, making Sindhu’s job much easier.
Post break, the Indian shuttler extended her lead to 16-12. However, the game very much looked over for Zhang, who was already showing signs of frustration. She would drop her racquet or broke into a sheepish smile after missing simple chances.
Ultimately, Sindhu laid the contest to rest by winning 21-15 in the second game. The contest lasted just under 35 minutes.
“I was down at 2-6 initially but I picked up the lead, after that I was fine,” said Sindhu, who was the last edition’s runner-up.
“I have played a few matches against her after the Indian Open final, so I took it as a fresh match,” said the 23-year-old.
“I am happy with the three wins, it is a positive thing. I hope to move forward with the same positivity & do well in the semifinals,” added Sindhu, who won all the three matches of her group.
Not quite far, the 24-year-old shuttler Sameer too demonstrating great clinical play after demolishing Wangcharoen in a match that lasted 44 minutes. He won the contest in straight sets of 21-9, 21-18.
This was more impressive from the Indian, considering he had lost the opening match to World No 1 and reigning World Champion Kento Momota.
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