Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Dubai Open: Srikanth bows out, Sindhu advances

Dubai Open: Srikanth bows out, Sindhu advances

In the semi-finals, Sindhu will next face Chen Yufei.

A deceptive return and another miscued stroke by Yamaguchi handed Sindhu seven match points and she sealed it with a quick reflex near the net.

Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu registered the third consecutive win to top the women's singles of Group A in the World Superseries Finals at the Hamadan Sports Complex here on Friday. "But credit to Chen Yufei for playing a solid well-contested match", Gopichand said.

Sindhu has already won India and Korea Open Super Series at the start of the season, while she has grabbed silver at Glasgow World Championship and Hong Kong Open.

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Sindhu's best performance so far at the Superseries Finals has been a semi-final finish which she achieved only a year ago. They will also point out how Intanon overcame a crushing 5-13 deficit in the decider to fight her way back to 15-16 and 18-19, before succumbing. After that, the lead kept exchanging before Sindhu took a point lead at the mid-game break (11-10). The Japanese player saved a couple of game points before Sindhu wrapped the opening game 21-9 with the help of a cross court drop shot. The score read 21-15, but it was much closer than the margin suggested.

Hurt by the first game loss, the Japanese made a valiant attempt in the second set.

The second game started on an equal footing with Sindhu and Yamaguchi splitting the initial four points after engaging in some fierce rallies.

Despite an early lead of 14-11 after the break, Sindhu played some exhausted shots and Chen displayed some precise badminton to level at 15-15.

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Sindhu started looking a bit exhausted after the break and Chen began to take control of the court. Sindhu played some rallies and was very persistent and clever in the end to pull off the match. Chen played exceptionally well.

This was the sixth overall encounter and the fifth just this year between Sindhu and Chen, with the Indian now holding a 4-2 advantage.

Sindhu began the second game with the same momentum and exploited the spaces and the back court of the Chen Yufei to perfection.

With today's win, Sindhu has now reached three of the four Major finals in badminton, with the Olympics and the World Championships being the two others. I've been in the final three times now, I hope I can make it two wins. It's like a home crowd. Many of Chen's errors early on came out of a respect for the Indian's abilities. I'm not going to expect anything [on Sunday]. It will be a long, match, so not thinking anything now. "It won't be as easy as it was yesterday".

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