PV Sindhu added another feather to her cap by winning her first superseries final. World number 11, Sindhu defeated China’s Sun Yu (World Rank 9), with scores of 21-11, 17-21, 21-11. Sun Yu was a favourite going into the match, but Sindhu’s recent form was very evident during the match and she looked invincible, especially in the first and the third set. China Open has been a happy hunting ground for India recently. This is the third consecutive year that an Indian woman player was in the China Open final. Saina Nehwal had won the tournament earlier in 2014 and reached the final in 2015. Sindhu became the second Indian woman and third India to win the grand tournament. Srikanth Kidambi had also won the men’s singles title in 2014.
Sindhu has been in fine form ever since she won the silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016. Sun Yu is a young player who had been making waves this year with the dominating performances. Sindhu, in the semi-final, had defeated South Korean Sung Ji Hyun with scores of 11-21, 23-21, 21-19. In the final match, Sindhu dominated the first set, which looked pretty much one-sided. However, in the second set, Sun Yu made a comeback. She played some exquisite touch at the net to through Sindhu off her rhythm. But the third set again was a mirror image of the first, as Sindhu kept varying the height of the shuttle. As Sun Yu found those shots hard to tackle, Sindhu relentlessly marched towards the finish line.
Though not flawless, but Sindhu’s ability to remain calm under pressure led to her win. Her confidence and courage have sky-rocketed ever since she won the Silver at the Olympics. Before this match, Sun Yu was leading in their head-to-head meetings, with 5 wins against 3. Yu even won her most recent showdown with Sindhu at the Swiss Open in 2014. Yu also had the advantage of a home crowd, but Sindhu’s fearless attitude led her to the final win.