Indian star shuttler PV Sindhu storms into her first ever final of the BWF Dubai Superseries Finals 2017 after beating Former Junior World Champion & World no.8 Chinese Chen Yufei at the $1 million event.
Sindhu took less than a hour to dispatch her Chinese opponent in straight sets by 21-15, 21-18.
In the previous meeting, the two met at another important semi-final earlier in the year — the World Championships, where Sindhu thrashed Chen & this time too the Chinese had no answers to Sindhu’s exceptional game.
Olympic silver medalist looked absolutely stunning in the group stage matches, after starting her campaign with a three-game win, she raised her level by several notches and secured wins in straight games in her next two assignments. Especially her dominating win over World no.2 Akane Yamaguchi was an indicator of her form.
Whereas, The former world junior champion Chen Yufei qualified for semi- final t by registering two wins in three matches at this season finale BWF Dubai Finals 2017. Even in her only loss — that came against the World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying — she managed to take a game.
Sindhu started the match on a bright note winning five straight points but Chen was quick to level the things st 5-5 by taking the next five points. Both the players went neck to neck after that & were tied at 10-10.
After the break, Sindhu simply surged ahead & get back into the lead 16-12 . She continued to extend her lead to win the first game by 21-15 without much ado.
The second game was no different as Chen tried to catch Sindhu’s pace but Olympic medalist Sindhu never gave her rival a chance to do so. The Indian kept on marching ahead, even as the Chinese fell far behind by 11-8 during the break.
At one time the lead extended to 15-11 for Sindhu but the Chinese shuttler turned the tables & win four straight points to level the things at 15 all.
After breaking away from a 16-16, Sindhu got back into lead by winning three back to back points 19-16. Having conceded a 18-20 in the crucial second game, Chen was playing the catch up game eventually lost the match by 15-21, 18-21.
Sindhu will be up against World no. 2 Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the title clash of BWF Dubai Superseries Finals 2017.