Indian ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu is just one step away from defending her title after reaching USD 350,000 Indian Open 2018 Final here at New Delhi on Saturday.
Top seed Pusalra Sindhu overcame the challenge of World no.3 & Former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon in straight sets 21-13, 21-15 in a match which lasted for 49 minutes.
Olympic silver medalist Sindhu proved way too strong for the no.3 seed Intanon & dished out an attacking game to walk away with the opening game without much fight by 21-13.
India’s Sindhu once again showed her class in the second game as she zoomed to an 11-7 advantage at the break, giving her opponent no chance to make a comeback in the match. She used her disguised returns to bamboozle the Thai player & sealed the match by 21-13, 21-15 to enter the final.
Sindhu will now take on 5th seed Malaysian Beiwen Zhang for the title.
Pranaav-Siki crashed out of India Open
Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra & N. Sikki Reddy failed to make the finals after losing out to the fifth seed Denmark’s pair of Mathias Christiansen & Christinna Pedersen in straight sets by 16-21, 19-21.
The Danish pair zoomed to a 11-9 lead at the breather but the Indian duo pulled the things back at 12-12 before losing out the game by 16-21.
Both pairs started the second game on an even footing and split the initial 10 points before the Danish fifth seed pair moved to 11-8 lead at break. The Indian pair continued to trail & also made it 18-18, before Pranaav made a service error followed by an unforced error as the Danish duo claimed two match points and sealed the tie off the next point.