PV Sindhu has got off to a great start in the BWF World Tour Finals, beating Akane Yamaguchi and Tai Tzu Ying in her first two Group A matches. She will be up against Beiwen Zhang in her third and final group match in Guangzhou.
Sindhu finally broke her jinx against world number 1 Tai Tzu Ying with a come-from-behind win in a thriller on Thursday. After six successive losses in 13 meetings, Sindhu got the better of her nemesis 14-21 21-16 21-18 in a Group A match that lasted a little over an hour.
PV Sindhu vs Beiwen Zhang, Group A match, live updates –
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.
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