Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medallist P. V. Sindhu stood one step away from winning the Korea Open Super Series after advancing to the final of the women’s singles event
The 22-year-old Indian had come into the match with a 3-5 head-to-head record, having lost to the Chinese at the Asia Badminton Championship this year.
But that didn’t matter as Sindhu saw off the World No. 7 21-10, 17-21, 21-16 in a match that lasted an hour and six minutes here.
PV Sindhu started the match strongly, racing away to a 4-1 lead in the first game and immediately pushing He Bingjiao on the back foot.
As a result, He Bingjiao struggled to get any momentum going and PV Sindhu duly took an 11-4 lead at the break. Sindhu then kept her composure to comfortably wrap up the first game 21-10 in just 16 minutes.
He Bingjiao continued to look second best to PV Sindhu in the beginning of the second game as the Indian took an early 3-0 lead and Further to 11-6 lead at the break
However, Bingjiao finally found her rhythm and reduced the deficit to 12-10 before mounting a comeback to take a 15-16 lead. and get next 6 and took the second game 21-17.
The final game started as a back-and-fourth affair, with many long rallies taking a toll on both competitors as they attempted to get the early advantage.
PV Sindhu won the longest rally of the game and pulled away to a 6-4 lead, but Bingjiao kept up the pressure and eventually levelled the score at 9-9.
Despite that, she was unable to prevent PV Sindhu going into the break with a lead of 11-9. Sindhu then took advantage of some unforced errors from Bingjiao to take a 17-14 lead.
The Indian shuttler won four of the next six points to take the deciding game 21-16 and enter the finals of the Korea Open Superseries.
Sindhu thus set up a mouth-watering a clash with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, her nemesis at the recent World Championship final which saw the two battle for an hour and 50 minutes at Glasgow last month.
The Olympic bronze-medallist and world Champion Japanese entered the final with a 21-17, 21-18 win over World No. 2 compatriot Akane Yamaguchi, seeded second.
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