2022 Badminton Asia Championships: PV Sindhu storms into semi-finals
Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu outclassed China's He Bing Jiao in the quarter-finals of the Badminton Asia Championships at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex. The World No. 7 trumped Bing Jao 21-9, 13-21, 21-19, in a match that lasted an hour and 16 minutes. Sindhu will face the number one seed Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals. Here are more details.
In the round of 32, Sindhu beat Taiwan's Pai Yu Po in a well-fought 18-21, 27-25, 21-9. Sindhu eased her way past Singapore's Yue Yann Jaslyn Hooi in the round of 16. She won in straight games 21-16, 21-16. In the quarters, Sindhu overcame He Bing Jiao 21-9, 13-21, 21-19. She now holds an 8-9 win-loss record over the latter.
Sindhu's progression into the semis has assured her a bronze medal in the ongoing Asian Badminton Championships. Notably, it would be her second medal in the tournament, having won a bronze back in 2014. Sindhu has had a good run heading into this tourney. She finished third at the Korea Open prior to which she emerged as the winner at the Swiss Open.
Back in January, Sindhu finished third at the Sunrise India Open which was held in New Delhi. She won the Syed Modi India International in Lucknow. She exited in the round of 16 of the Yonex Gainward German Open and Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships. She won the Yonex Swiss Open and lastly grabbed the third position at the Korea Open.
Sindhu is a two-time Olympic medalist (2016, 2020) She has won five medals at the BWF World Championships (one gold, two silver, and two bronze). She claimed silver at the Asian Games (2018). Sindhu has won two medals at the Commonwealth Games (2014, 2018). She won a silver at the South Asian Games (2016) and a gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games (2011).
Sindhu has won three BWF World Tour titles (2018 BWF World Tour Finals; Syed Modi International and Swiss Open in 2022). She has three BWF Super Series titles (2016 China Open; India Open and Korea Open in 2017). She has won six tournaments in the BWF Grand Prix (2013 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold, 2013-15 Macau Open, 2016 Malaysia Masters, and 2017 Syed Modi International).
The 26-year-old has emerged victorious in four tournaments in the BWF International Challenge/Series. She pocketed the Maldives International, Indonesia International, Swiss International, and Tata Open India International, all in 2011. She was the runner-up at the 2010 Iran Fajr International.