It was a scintillating performance by the World No. 4 PV Sindhu to enter the finals of the World Championships. She overcame the challenge of 19-year-old Chen Yu Fei from China in straight sets 21-13, 21-10 in just 48 minutes. With some great rallies and terrific shots, the Olympic silver medalist proved her mettle in the penultimate clash. Assuring herself a medal of new color, which had eluded her twice in the previous editions of the championships.
Easy pickings for the Indian:
A determined Sindhu entered the court on Saturday evening to play the women’s singles match in Glasgow. Standing opposite was the Chinese Chen Yu Fei, the winner from the World Junior Championships. The young girl from China had put up a fabulous performance throughout the tournament, defeating the No. 1 seed Akane Yamaguchi. Later, in the quarterfinals, Chen got the better of Ratchanok Itanon in a thrilling encounter. A tough battle was on the cards since none of them wanted to lose after coming this far.
However, as opposed to the hopes, Sindhu looked quite dominant from the start playing some exquisite drop shots, engaging her opponent into long rallies. Even though the first set was a neck-to-neck affair, the Indian held after the mid-game break to clinch the first set by 21-13.
Talking about the second set, the young Chinese seemed off-color right from the start as the Indian gathered an unassailable lead. Nothing could stop Pusarla as she completely decimated Yu Fei ruthlessly. Eventually winning the match by 21-13, 21-10.
PV Sindhu – A class act:
The two-time bronze medallist from the Wolrd Championships put up a clinical performance to ensure at least a silver medal in her name in the 2017 edition. Apart from this, the Indian maintained a clean slate against the fancied Chinese opponents. She has never lost a match against them in any edition of the games.
Up next, Pusarla will face the No. 7 seed Nozomi Okuhara from Japan in the finals. The Japanese edged past Saina Nehwal in another exciting semifinal earlier in the day to seal the finals berth. Gear up people as a cracker of a match is lined up in the women’s singles event on a Super Sunday. Here’s wishing PV Sindhu all the very best for the ultimate clash. Go for Gold. The entire country is proud of you!