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PV Sindhu has made it to the Hong Kong Open Final. This is her second consecutive super series final. Only last week, she played the China Open final which she won after beating Sun Yu. She will now face Tai Tzu, whom she had beaten last in the Rio Olympics.
Sindhu may have truly come into the national spotlight only after she won the silver medal at the 2016 Games but the shuttler has been making waves in the world of badminton ever since she was 17. It is easy to forget her age, she turned 21 this year, considering the way she is toppling stalwarts. With the China Open victory, she surpassed Saina Nehwal in the BWF rankings. Here is a look at the titles she has won in 2016:
1. Malaysian Grand Prix
Sindhu had won the Malaysian Grand Prix Gold earlier in 2013, her maiden Grand Prix title. This year, she beat Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland to start off her year with a win.
2. Rio Olympics 2016
While Sindhu was recognised as a tough competitor, fifth seeded Saina Nehwal was the favourite to return with a medal in the Olympics. But Saina came into the tournament with an injury and that would prove to be her undoing as she limped out of the tournament in the second round. The ninth seeded Sindhu, though, soldiered on and reached the quarter finals where she faced off world no. 2 Wang Yihan. She managed to beat her 22-20 and 21-19. In the semi finals, she blitzed through Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-19 and 21-10 to confirm her silver medal, only the second medal for India in the event after Sakshi Malik’s Bronze.
It looked like Sindhu might clinch gold after all when she won the first set against Spain’s Carolina Marin in the finals but the World no.1 came back to take the next two sets 21-12 and 21-15. Sindhu is the first Indian lady to win a Olympic silver medal.
3. China Open 2016
Sindhu came back into the circuit eyeing her maiden Super Series title. The China Open has traditionally been a Chinese bastion, wit just two non-Chinese winners in the past 30 years. She conceded a set thrice in the tournament, the first of which was to Singapore’s Beiwen Zhang. She eventually won the match 2-1 and was through to the quarter finals.
South Korea’s Ji Hyun Sung was the second player who could break Sindhu but could not survive the third set. She faced local favourite Sun Yu in the finals. Sindhu won the first set comfortably but the Chinese came back for a 21-17 win in the second set. She could not hold off the Indian in the third though and lost 11-21, thus letting Sindhu claim her maiden Super Series title.