PV Sindhu battled past Chinese Sun Yu to win her first Superseries Premier title at the China Open tournament. Rio Olympic silver medallist won the first game 21-11 but lost the next 17-21 before registering a 21-11 triumph in the final game to clinch the title.
Sindhu-Sun final lasted an hour and nine minutes. It was 21-year-old Sindhu’s maiden title. This win also was double World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu’s third in six games against Sun.
In the final game, the momentum shifted as Sindhu went on an attacking spree. Her ability to play long rallies wore down Sun, who even though she fought hard till the six-point mark, Sun crumbled under pressure.
Super Series for Super Sindhu ✔🏸 pic.twitter.com/pzamfs6640
— OGQ (@OGQ_India) 20 November 2016
Indian player then hardly looked back, rattling points one after another to sit at a 16-9 advantage. Thereafter, it was a cakewalk for the Indian.
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) 20 November 2016
The Indian looked sharp and athletic as she engaged in a fast-paced game to bamboozle her opponent. The lanky shuttler became third Indian to lift the title, earlier to lift the title were Kidambi Srikanth (2014) an Saina Nehwal (2014).
Sindhu, who missed gold in Rio Olympics after going down to Carolina Marin 21-19, 12-21, 15-21 in an hour and 23 minutes, also became the fourth non-chinese player to win the title in last 30 years.