Star shuttler from India After defeating Saena Kawakami of Japan in the semifinal of the ongoing Singapore Open. PV Sindhu has advanced to the championship match.
In the women’s singles semifinal on Saturday. Indian shuttler P V Sindhu easily defeated lower-ranked Japanese player Saena Kawakami to go to the Singapore Open championship match. The two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu won the semifinal match 21-15 21-7 after winning the Super 300 division at the Syed Modi International and Swiss Open this year.
She now needs one more victory to win the Super 500 for the first time in the 2022 campaign.
Having last faced her at the 2018 China Open. Sindhu entered the match with a 2-0 advantage in their head-to-head meetings.
In the lopsided encounter, the former world champion appeared to be in total control of world number 38 Kawakami, who just couldn’t control the shuttle and was mired in a sea of mistakes.
Early on, Sindhu conjured up her whip smashes, but the drift in the court made it tough to make decisions, and occasionally her strokes lacked precision. Nevertheless, the force of her strokeplay helped the Indian move to a comfortable three-point lead at the half.
To achieve parity, the 24-year-old Japanese, however, began inserting the shuttle from awkward locations. With both players vying for every point, the contest came to life.
To go to 18-14, Sindhu also won two video referrals, penalized a shaky high lift, and made wise judgments at the baseline. Kawakami’s two unforced errors followed by a powerful smash from Sindhu enabled her easily win the first game.
In the second game, Kawakami’s issues persisted as she was unable to keep the shuttle under control and gave her favored competitor an early 0-5 lead.
Sindhu simply needed to keep challenging her competitor in the rallies and watch attentively for Japanese errors.
As Sindhu quickly jumped out to a 17-5 lead after taking an 11-4 lead at the half, frustrated Kawakami could only bitterly smile.
The Indian increased her lead to 19-6 as the Japanese had no response to Sindhu’s forehand attacking returns and backhand flips.
Then, from the baseline, Sindhu unleashed a whipping smash, which her opponent could only send into the goal. In order to herald her entrance into the finals, Sindhu fist-pumped as Kawakami sent the shuttle out once more.
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