BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu reaches third straight finale
Indian women's singles star shuttler PV Sindhu entered the final of the BWF World Championships for the third successive year. The badminton ace thrashed China's Chen Yu Fei 21-7, 21-14 in straight games. This was a fabulous performance from Sindhu at a crucial juncture at Basel in Switzerland. She dominated the show to win the match inside 39 minutes. Here's more.
The 24-year-old star shuttler has always managed to peak at the BWF World Championships. 2019 has been no different. She is a double silver medallist at the BWF World Championships and has also won two bronze medals. Her silver medals came in 2017 and 2018 respectively. This time Sindhu will be eyeing the elusive gold medal.
"I was prepared. Overall, the game went very well. Anything can happen in the final. Focus and patience will be key," said Sindhu after her win in the semis.
Sindhu was unstoppable from the start and didn't allow her opponent any room. Things happened too quickly as Sindhu won the first game 21-7. Chen made a better start in the second game kept in sync with Sindhu at 3-3. However, errors started to flow in and Sindhu took a 10-6 lead. Sindhu kept pressurizing Chen to make unforced errors and sealed the game.
To overcome the in-form Chinese sensation is huge for Sindhu. Chen pocketed four gold medals in 2019. She emerged victorious at Thailand Open, Australian Open, Swiss Open and All England Open. Notably, Sindhu extended her head-to-head tally over Chen to 6-3.
India's men's singles badminton player Sai Praneeth went down to world number one Kento Momota 13-21, 8-21 in the semis. Earlier, Praneeth became the first Indian shuttler (since 1983) to win a medal in men's singles event at World Championships. He had overcome Jonatan Christie 24-22, 21-14 in the quarters on Friday.