PV Sindhu wins China open final badminton

Hong Kong Open Saina Nehwal suffers heartbreak, misses semis clash vs PV SindhuHong Kong Open Saina Nehwal suffers heartbreak, misses semis clash vs PV Sindhu

1:35: Match point for Sindhu as she hits it right on the line over Sun. With a shot to the left of Sun, Sindhu has managed to win her first Super Series title. Stunning display from Sindhu to clinch the title.

1:33: With Sindhu playing sharp shots, Sun has not been able to trouble Sindhu, who leads 19-10. She is just two points away from the title.

1:29: Sindhu opens up a six-point lead at 15-9. Sindhu needs to be composed, and not think too ahead.

1:27: Sun misses an easy chance to score after opening up Sindhu. Sindhu leads 12-8.

1:24: Two back-to-back points for Sindhu to lead 8-6. Sindhu has looked in good control at the net to help her open 3-point lead. 9-6. She increases that to four points as Sun Yu looks rattled, somewhat. Sindhu leads 10-6

1:22: Sindhu has regained the lead at 6-5, but I tell you, this Chinese girl has got huge confidence to drill those shots from the baseline, makes it 6-6.

1:20: Sun is going full tilt. Hits a body smash to take 4-3 lead. Sindhu makes it 4-4 as she places the shuttle, closer to the net. My God, Sun Yu is looking in great shape now. She floors the player with a smash to earn the next point. Sun leads 5-4.

1:18: Sindhu hits two of his shots long to allow Sun come back into the clash. 3-3.

1:16: That is power for you from Sindhu as she drills a powerful smash to Sun’s left. Sindhu earns another point. 3-1.

1:15: Sun Yu has got her mojo back, strikes a clean smash to take 1-0 lead, but misses the next shot completely. 1-1.

1:11: It is one game all, as the final heads to a decider. Sun clinches the second game 21-17.

1:09: The match has tilted towards Sun Yu, who is making it count. The Chinese leads 19-16, and she is just one point away from clinching the second game after a superb deep shot. She misses a chance to win it, hits the smash into the net. Sun leads 20-17.

1: 08: This game is going down to the wire. 16-16. Powerful body smash from Sun, and Sindhu does not connect well. Sun leads 17-16.

1:05: Shift of momentum as Sindhu hits a half-hearted smash into the net. Five straight points for Sun, who leads 15-14. Another smash at the net from Sindhu, who trails 14-16. This is six-straight points now for Sun.

1:03: The home crowd wants Sun to shine, and are cheering her on. Sindhu has a 4-point lead. 14-10, and decreases it to 3-point with a solid offensive shot. She has cut Sindhu’s lead to 2-point with a drop shot. Sindhu still leads 14-12. 

1:01: Sindhu is very alert and looking to hit the shuttle early. That is great thinking from the Indian. Smash down the line from Sun Yu and it is long. Sindhu leads 13-9.

12:59: Two back-to-back points for Sun Yu, who used her defensive skills to counter Sinhu and her smash to earn a point. Sindhu leads 11-9.

12:45: Short play from Sindhu, and Sun Yu drills the smash to earn the first point of the second game. Sun Yu leads 1-0, but Sindhu strikes back to make it 1-1.

12:43: Sindu wins first set 21-11. It was complete domination from the Rio silver medallist.

12:42: Sindhu is destroying Sun Yu, who has not been able to understand what has hit her. Remember, the Chinese came into this final without dropping a single game. Sindhu wins the first game with a shot at the body. 21-11.

12:40: Sindhu opens a 10-point lead at 17-7, but Sun pushes her opponent at the back and plays a deft shot at the net, next. With Sun Yu making errors, Sindhu is gearing close to winning the first game. 18-8.

12:39: Body smash and Sun Yu is helpless. Sindhu is looking confident with every shot. This is amazing from the India star. She hits another cross-court shot to make it 16-7.

12:37: Sun Yu has been making too much errors and Sinhu is making it count with her all-round play. Powerful return of serve from Sindhu, who drills a powerful smash to increase her lead to 13-7.

12:34: Sindhu leads 11-5.

12:32: First real point from Sindhu, who fires a good smash, and Sun Yu is caught napping. Sun Yu strikes back with a calculated shot down the line to make it 4-9. Sindhu increases the lead to 10-4 with a quick reflex shot.

12:30: Sun Yu goes for a powerful smash, and hits it wide. Sindhu plays a lovely drop shot to surprise Sun Yu, who is in the backfoot. Sindhu leads 7-2.

12:28: Sindhu has increased her lead to 5-1, but she has not done much. It has all been from Sun Yu’s errors.

12:27: Both players have started with some errors as Sindhu makes a mistake at the net, but wins the next point to take 3-1 lead.

12:26: An unforced error from Sun Yu, and Sindhu takes lead, 1-0. Sun Yu fires it long, Sindhu 2-0. Good start.

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