PV Sindhu wins maiden China Open title
Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title after edging out Sun Yu of China 21-11 17-21 21-11. Sindhu become only the third Indian after Kidambi Shrikant and Saina Nehwal to land the China Open title.
Despite going into the match with a 2-3 head to head record, Sindhu raced off to a great start and used fine feints and drop shots to hassle her opponent. Sindhu dominated the game from the start. she zoomed to a healthy 11-5 lead early on. The Indian looked sharp and athletic as she engaged in a fast-paced game to bamboozle her opponent.
Sun Yu fought back but it was too late to mount a comeback as Sindhu walked away with the first game 21-11.
In the second, Sun Yu dropped only a solitary point during this phase and clinched the second game 21-17.
In the second game as well Sindhu had a slender 6-3 lead which she extended to 11-7 and 14-10. However, opponent also broke her rhythm soon by mixing her strokes and coming up with steep and powerful body smashes to catch up with Sindhu at 14-14.
A sharp smash and a superb return on Sindhu’s backhand helped Sun grab a 18-16 lead which became 19-16 after the Indian lost a video referral. At 20-16, Sun hit the nets but she roared back into contest when Sindhu’s stretched low return at the forecourt could not cross the net.
On her winning side of the court, Sindhu once again started with new exuberance as the duo locked themselves in a battle of supremacy. As a result service changed hands too quickly as they moved together till 6-6.
But Sindhu moved ahead with a couple of powerpacked returns which Sun failed to negotiate. A few errors helped Sun make it 8-10 before Sindhu entered the interval with a 11-8 advantage.
Sindhu rallied again to seal the decider and capture the crown at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center in Fuzhou.
After her victory, Indians took to twitter to shower praises on Sindhu. A host of celebrities and politicians also wished her.
“Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 for her first super series title. Well played! #ChinaOpen,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2016
— Shah Rukh Khan (@IAMRAVIRAJESH) November 20, 2016