Thailand Open: PV Sindhu beats Tunjung to set up final meet with Okuhara

first_imgIt will be the titan clash between PV Sindhu and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara once again in the final of the Thailand Open after PV Sindhu beat Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the women’s singles semi-final on Saturday.In exactly an hour, Sindhu defeated Tunjung of Indonesia 23-21, 16-21, 21-9 to reach the final of the tournament.This is Sindhu’s first final at the BWF World Tour this year. She had reached the final of the 2018 Commonwealth Games but that is not included in BWF tournament.She will meet Okuhara on Sunday, who earlier breezed past Beiwen Zhang 21-17, 21-10 in just 34 minutes.In the first two games of the match, it was not the best of performances from Sindhu and Tunjung troubled her with her quick feet and tricky strokes.Also read – Kidambi Srikanth pulls out of Thailand Open due to injuryIn the first game of the match, Tunjung went into the break with a solid 11-7 lead over the Indian but Sindhu fought back adnd stretched the game to eventually take it 23-21.It was the infamous fighting spirit of Sindhu that came into play once again.In the second game, Sindhu started stronger and opened up an 8-4 lead over the 18-year-old Tunjung. However, some impatience from her and some delightful shots from Tunjung meant the Indonesia cut that lead and went into the lead with an 11-9 advantage.This time around Sindhu failed to cut out that advantage and made many unforced errors to keep losing points against the Indonesia. Tunjung on the other hand started playing some beautiful shots and her quick movements were catching Sindhu off guard.advertisementHowever, in a couple of rallies that followed, it was evident that Tunjung was getting tired while Sindhu’s physical superiority was beginning to come into play.Tunjung held on to her advantage though and took the second game.It was the decider when Sindhu read Tunjung perfectly and began bringing her aggressive style of play onto the court.Sindhu began dominating the net play completely and nullified Tunjung’s quickness. Sindhu, having played some flat smashes and some smart net strokes, went into the break with an 11-7 lead.At the net, the Indian coaches were heard telling Sindhu that Tunjung was tired and all she needed to do was keep patience and go for her strokes when deemed correct.Also read – Why Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are training at separate venuesSindhu did exactly that and eventually emerged victorious.When Sindhu will take the court on Sunday, she will be up against Okuhara, who she has played some memorable matches against.Their current head-to-head record stands equal at 5-5 with the previous victory coming Sindhu way at the All England Championships 2018.Out of the last five matches between the two, four have gone the distance and Sindhu has won three of them.last_img

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