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PV Sindhu finally beats her fiercest rival at BWF World C’ships

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What a victory! PV Sindhu overcame her blues and beat her fiercest rival Tai Tzu Ying to enter the semifinals of the BWF World Championships Basel, Switzerland on Friday. As expected, the hard-fought contest went down to the wire.

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Having lost the first game by a considerable margin of 12-21, things looked to pan out as usual for the Indian who has had a tough season so far. However, the 2016 Silver Olympian came roaring back in the following sets to clinch the contest 23-21, 21-19.

Before the daunting game, the Sindhu stared at a staggering 4-10 trailing record against Tai Tzu in match-offs. The World No 2 Chinese Taipei shuttler had also stood in the Sindhu’s path of securing a fifth World Championship medal. However, she now has a realistic chance of achieving the feat of becoming the all-time highest of 5 along with Chinese double Olympic shuttler Zhang Ning (1 G, 2 S, 2 B). PV Sindhu has two silver medals to her name from the last two editions and a couple of bronze medals, ever since starting in 2013.

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The Game

The first set started on a very fierce note, with both parties sharing pleasantries from the start. Having being tied at 2-2, Tai took a swift lead by first making it 3-8, before doubling the lead by 6-12. Her game was awash with pinpoint precision and some deadly drops.

Although Sindhu gave a mini-fight, it was too late as the Chinese Taipei player had raced to a 12-21 victory in the first set.

The second set started similarly with Tai first making it 2-2 before zooming to 5-8. Albeit this time, it was the Indian’s opportunity to take the lead. Sindhu took the lead for the first time when she made it 9-8 with a big smash. That small thing did wonders for the 24-year-old’s confidence as she never once trailed. Having seen the contest tied at 18-18, Sindhu won two quick game points to settle the second set with yet another thumping smash.

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While the third set was relatively a struggle for the Indian shuttler, she 15-17 behind to defeat Tai Tzu by another close margin of 21-19.

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