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PV Sindhu vs Beiwen Zhang highlights: Sindhu books a spot in semi-final

PV Sindhu vs Beiwen Zhang as it happened: Follow highlights from the BWF World Tour Finals match between PV Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang here.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 14, 2018 17:15 IST

Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu moved to the semi-final of the BWF World Tour finals after beating USA’s Beiwen Zhang 21-9, 21-15 in her third Group A match of the tournament. The Rio Olympics silver medallist has won all three of her group matches.

PV Sindhu vs Beiwen Zhang, Group A match, highlights -

16:25 hrs IST

Sindhu’s candid interview with the Hindustan Times

Before the World Tour Finals, the Hindustan Times caught up with the Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu. We have all seen PV Sindhu give her best on a badminton court, but it is rare to find her giving away fun secrets of her life off the court. Catch the interview in the video below.

 

16:22 hrs IST

Sindhu wins 21-9, 21-15

Beiwen Zhang tried to hang in the match, but Sindhu eventually manages to wrap it up with a 21-9, 21-15 victory. The Indian will face Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the semi-final on Saturday.

16:14 hrs IST

Sindhu leads 19-12

Zhang drops an easy return into the net and concedes a seven-point lead to Sindhu. The Indian leads 19-12.

16:13 hrs IST

Zhang hits the net once again

The American hits the net once again and gives the point to Sindhu. The Indian hasn’t had to work too hard in this match and is just 4 points away from victory now. Sindhu leads 18-12.

16:10 hrs IST

Sindhu banks on unforced errors

PV Sindhu has managed to take yet another big lead in this game. She goes up 13-9 after Zhang commits a few unforced errors near the net.

16:08 hrs IST

Zhang is not going to let this go

Beiwen Zhang is just starting to find her rhythm here. She is planning her shots well and executing the finishing shots brilliantly. But, Sindhu still leads at 11-9.

16:02 hrs IST

Zhang tries to find her mojo

Zhang picks up two points quickly and makes it 4-6 in the scoreline. First the American pulls off a great smash before anticipating a smash by Sindhu in the next point. Zhang picks up a smash almost from the ground and just sends it over the net.

16:00 hrs IST

New game, same story

PV Sindhu races away to a 4-0 lead in the second game. Zhang is committing too many unforced errors and making it very easy for the Indian in this match.

15:57 hrs IST

Easy peasy for Sindu

Sindhu pulls off an excellent drop shot and takes the first game 21-9. It looks like Sindhu will race away to her third straight victory in the tournament here.

15:53 hrs IST

Sindhu’s clear cut plan

PV Sindhu has come out with a clear cut plan for this match. She is ensuring that she sets up a smash on Zhang’s forehand side. With almost all smashes executed, Sindhu leads 17-8 in the first game.

15:50 hrs IST

The Indian leads at the break

Sindhu has found her rhythm at the right time. She executes one more fantastic smash on the forehand side of Zhang to take the lead at 10-8. Sindhu picks up another point to lead 11-8 at the break.

15:47 hrs IST

Sindhu takes lead

Sindhu’s persistence has paid off. The Indian this time kept pestering at Zhang’s forehand before executing a perfect drop shot to go ahead. Sindhu leads 7-6.

15:46 hrs IST

Sindhu hangs on

PV Sindhu pulls off another fantastic smash towards Zhang’s backhand side. The Indian plays two more points sensibly and makes it 5-6.

15:45 hrs IST

Fantastic smash by Sindhu

Sindhu gets on board with a fabulous smash on the right side of Zhang. The American fails to get to it and now the score moves to 4-1.

15:42 hrs IST

Sindhu-Zhang match underway

PV Sindhu doesn’t get off to the best of starts. Zhang takes a 4-0 lead straight away.

14:30 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

Good afternoon!

Welcome to the live coverage of the BWF World Tour Finals Group A match between PV Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang. The match will begin at 3:30 pm IST. The Rio Olympics silver medallist is looking for her third straight win in the tournament.