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