Silver medalist of Rio Olympic Games 2016 PV Sindhu has proved that her Olympic silver medal was not a fluke. She defeated Chinese in China and won $700, 000 Chinese Open Super Series Premier in Fuzhou. This is the biggest title of her career.
Demolishing the Korean girl Sung Jib Hyun 11-21, 23-21, 21-19 in the semifinal she conquered 9th ranked host girl Sun Yu in three well contested games 21-11, 17-21, 21-11. In badminton, a Super Series Premier is the highest title after the Olympics and World Championships.
It was raining outside when PV Sindhu took the court in Fuzhou. There was huge and noisy Chinese crowd. The people were aggressive and backing up Sun Yu. But Sindhu silenced boisterous fans of Sun Yu when she took 11-5 early lead in the first game. Indian was quick and aggressive which pushed Chinese ace player on back foot.
In the end it was a cross court return which earned Sindhu a big 12 game points at 20-8. Two smashes on Sindhuâ€™s fore and backhands and a drop going to the net helped Sun save three points. But Sindhu sealed the opening encounter after dominating a parallel game and finishing it with a return that hit Sunâ€™s face.
The second game was neck to neck till Sindhu took a slight 6-3 lead. She took it to 11-7. At one stage she was leading 14-10.
At this juncture Sun broke the rhythm of Indian player by hitting steep and powerful smashes on her body and made it 14-14. This was turning point for Sun; she had regained her composer and started playing very fast game. She stopped Sindhu at 16 and took the score 18-16, 19-16 and 20-16.
This was the time when Indian player seemed in disarray. That way Sun took the second game conceding just one more point at 21-17.
The decider began at very fast note. There was little to differentiate between Sindhu and Sun.
After rapid service changes both the players were locked 6-6. From here Indian started taking lead. Sun became erratic and gave couple of negative points. This helped Sindhu to take 10-6, 10-8, and at breather 11-8 lead. Then ends were changed but not the fate on Chinese girl.
By the time Sindhu had started roaring. The game which was neck to neck in the beginning turned
totally on Sindhuâ€™s way. She was in complete command.
After the changing ends Sindhu conceded only three points before rapping up the game 21-11 with a backline push.