Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu continued her incredible run in the World Championships, earning a second successive final spot after seeing off Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi at the women’s singles semifinals here on Saturday.
The World No. 3 , who had finished runner-up at the Glasgow edition last year after losing to another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in an epic showdown, notched up a superb 21-16, 24-22 win over the World No. 2 in a 55-minute hard-fought match.
“It was a good match overall. I hope this time it would be a better result then the last time. I have to prepare well for tomorrow, so its not yet over,” Sindhu said after the match.
Sindhu entered the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, who had defeated the Indian in big-ticket events such as All England Championship this year and Dubai Superseries Final last year. The duo faced off twice this year with each registering a win.
“We know each other’s game, we play very often, we played at the All England Championship.
“So we needed to be patience and consistent to win. I was prepared for long matches because both Yamaguchi and Okuhara are very good players and can go on and on in the rallies,” Sindhu said.
“So I had to be on the court always. In the second game when I was down, I still had hope that till the last point it wasn’t over for me, so I kept trying. I had to work hard to get each point.”
The 23-year-old Indian, who won bronze in 2013 and 2014, will face Olympic champion and former two-time gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain in the final.
Marin beat Chinese eighth seed He Bingjiao 13-21, 21-16, 21-13 to make her third World Championship final.
Overall, Marin has a 6-5 advantage over Sindhu, who had beaten the Spaniard in their last encounter at the Malaysia Open in June.
The results (semifinals): Men: Yuqi Shi (Chn) bt Chen Long 21-11, 21-17; Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Daren Liew (Mas) 21-16, 21-5. Doubles: Takeshi Kamura & Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Hung Ling Chen & Chi-Lin Wang (Tpe) 21-17, 21-10; Junhui Li & Yuchen Liu (Chn) bt Cheng Liu & Nan Zhang (Chn) 21-15, 21-13.
Women: Carolina Marin (Esp) bt He Bingjiao (Chn) 13-21, 21-16, 21-13; P.V. Sindhu bt Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) 21-16, 24-22. Doubles: Yuki Fukushima & Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) bt Shiho Tanaka & Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) 21-19, 21-15; Mayu Matsumoto & Wakana Nagahara (Jpn) bt Greysia Polii & Apriyani Rahayu (Ina) 21-12, 23-21.
Mixed doubles: Wang Yilyu & Hunag Dongping (Chn) bt Chun Man Tang & Ying Suet Tse (HK) 21-6, 21-10; Siwei Zheng & Yaqiong Huang (Chn) bt Nan Zhang & Li Yinhui (Chn) 19-21, 21-12, 21-10
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