A day after saving three match points in a gruelling semi-final, PV Sindhu was again pushed to three games in the China Open final.
PV Sindhu, however brought out the best to beat China’s Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in 69 minutes to win her maiden Super Series title. The world No 11 will now move back into the top 10 while Saina Nehwal, who crashed out in the first round, will slide to 11th from 6th.
Despite going into the match with a 2-3 head to head record, Sindhu raced off to a great start and used fine feints and drop shots to hassle her opponent. She wrapped up the first game in 18 minutes. Though Sun Yu came back and won the second game, Sindhu rallied again to seal the decider and capture the crown at the Haixia Olympic Sports Center in Fuzhou .
Indians went on celebratory mode on Twitter following Sindhu’s win, hailing and congratulating the Rio Olympics silver medallist for the great show in China.
“Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 for her first super series title. Well played! #ChinaOpen,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was joined by a host of politicians, sportspersons, cricketers and Bollywood stars.
Another milestone for @Pvsindhu1. Higher and higher. Wish you many more— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 20, 2016