PV Sindhu wins Singapore Open title | badminton news

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SINGAPORE: Double PV Olympic medalist Sindhu lifted the Singapore Super Open 500 trophy after beating China Wang Zhi Yi in an intense women’s singles final here on Sunday.
In a mistake-filled title clash, Sindhu managed to stay strong in key moments to find advantages against the reigning 22-year-old Wang. Asian Championships gold medal. The final score read 21-9 11-21 21-15 in favor of the Indian.
The 27-year-old from Hyderabad came into the game with a 1-0 lead over Wang, having beaten the Chinese player in their only meeting at the Premiership in England this year.

Sindhu produced another great performance to claim his third world tour title of the season.
Throwing played a major role in the game with drift in the hall making life difficult for commuters. Wang’s decision to choose the team put her in an advantageous position as she played against the drift after the last change of sides.
However, Sindhu managed to limit mistakes and keep her nerves to emerge victorious in the end.

After dropping the first two points, Sindhu used his reach to get the shuttle early, played some great angular returns and produced one winner after another to stay ahead throughout the opener.
Playing against the drift allowed the Indian to get her shots even though Wang hit wide and long. Sindhu had 11 straight trotting points to zoom into the midgame interval at 11-2.
The Indian maintained her firm grip on the game after the restart to wrap up the opener quickly.
Game two, however, turned into a forgettable affair for Sindhu as Wang, now on the better side of the pitch, showed off his prowess.
The Chinese quickly led 11-3 after Sindhu repeatedly sent the shuttle.
Sindhu tried to use the spinning net shot and use the gaps in the field to make a comeback, but the points were too few as Wang continued to drive forward.
At 8-15, Sindhu failed to eliminate a weak return with his opponent on the ground. In the end, a jump smash helped Wang grab a massive 10 game points and she converted it on her second attempt to make a comeback.

The match came to life in the decider as the pair played long rallies.
While Wang seemed charged at the start, Sindhu was patient and after a 5-5 opener, played a superb smash and then finished a long exchange with a delicious drop shot to leave her opponent on the ground.
The Indian took a five-point advantage at the interval after producing another superb cross smash from a deep right corner.
Back on the better side after the final change of ends, Wang cut the deficit to 11-12 with Sindhu making mistakes.
The Indian, however, managed to establish a four-point advantage with a good follow-up shot. Wang played great holding and disguise drops and thrusts to breathe into the Indian’s neck.
However, a Sindhu alert produced an attacking return on her rivals’ forehand to make it 18-14 before Wang sent one to the net.
Just two points away, Sindhu struck long before unleashing a smash to complete an intense rally and catch five match points.
Wang hit wide as Sindhu threw his arms in the air in celebration.
The title chase will be a big boost for Sindhu, who will lead India’s charge at the Commonwealth Games, starting July 28 in birmingham.
It was his third title of the season – having won two Super 300 crowns in Syed Modi International and Swiss Open – and an addition to his overflowing cabinet which has one gold, two silver and as many bronze medals from the World’s Championships in addition to two Olympic medals.

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