BWF World Tour finals: PV Sindhu gets her second win on the trot
PV Sindhu, who won the coveted silver medal at the Rio Olympics, produced another clinical display to get the better of top ranked Chinese Taipei player, Tai Tzu Ying 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in the BWF World Tour Finals. It was a gruelling three-game match in which she registered her second successive victory of the tournament.
Following a great performance in the opening round against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, PV Sindhu had to break a lot of sweat to get past Tai Tzu who was ranked numero uno in the tourney. The Taipei player used her drop shots to perfection in the first game and Sindhu looked in deep trouble losing the game 14-21.
However, coach Pullela Gopichand’s advice worked wonders for the Indian and she came back in style in the second game. A composed Sindhu played on her strengths and made Tai Tzu work hard for every point in the second without much result. Sindhu eventually took the game away 21-16 to keep the match alive. The decider was more of a cliff-hanger.
Tai Tzu started the proceedings well in the decider to thwart Sindhu, but the Indian shuttler came back into the match and never gave any chance to the opponent by eventually winning the game 21-18 after having taken a big lead.
On the verge of winning, a tight line call was what debated upon when a lob from the Chinese Taipei fell on the border of baseline and was called in. Sindhu challenged the call, but with no result as replay showed that the shuttle had kissed the border of the baseline. This stretched the match for Tai Tzu.
Sindhu, however, smashed one down the line wide and the gap narrowed down to two points. The India though kept her nerves and forced the opponent to commit error which she did and Sindhu won the game tight 21-18. The match lasted for just over an hour.
The Indian will now face Malaysia’s Zhang Beiwen in her final Group A match on Friday. Sindhu is last year’s runner-up in the tourney.