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PV Sindhu makes winning start in BWF World Superseries badminton finals

PV Sindhu came from a game down to beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in her opening match of the BWF World Superseries Finals in Dubai

other sports Updated: Dec 14, 2016 21:16 IST
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PV Sindhu won her opening round-robin badminton match against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi World Superseries Finals in Dubai on Wednesday.(AFP)

PV Sindhu won her opening round-robin BWF World Superseries Finals group league match against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in Dubai on Wednesday.

The Indian badminton ace came back from a game down to beat the second-seeded Japanese 12-21, 21-8, 21-15 in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes.

PV Sindhu is in a tough group (B) that includes world champion Carolina Marin of Spain and China’s Sun Yu. Sindhu plays Yu next.

Earlier on Wednesday, Marin, the reigning Olympic champion and the World No.1 crashed to a 18-21, 22-24 defeat against China’s Yu.

Sindhu has been in terrific form since Rio Olympics, where she took the reigning World No.1 Carolina Marin to three tough games before settling for a silver medal in August.

Since then she has won the China Open title after defeating host country’s Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21, 21-11.

But suffered a setback in the Hong Kong Open as he lost to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 15-21, 17-21. Sindhu then pulled out of the Macau Open to recharge her batteries before the Super Series Finals.

The results propelled Sindhu to finish in the top eight in the rankings that helped her to qualify for the year-ending Dubai Super Series Finals.

Sindhu, who has two world championships medals in her trophy cabinet, has been put in a difficult group for the finals. Top two after the round-robin format will advance to the semi-finals.

First Published: Dec 14, 2016 20:10 IST