BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu beats Tai Tzu Ying to inch closer to semis

first_imgPV Sindhu maintained her winning streak at the BWF World Tour Finals as he recorded a sensational win over world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying on Thursday in Guangzhou, China.Sindhu, who had defeated Akane Yamaguchi in straight games in the first match, beat Tai Tzu Ying 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in one hour and one minute.The result helped Sindhu move a step closer to securing her berth in the semi-finals.Sindhu also ended a six-match losing streak against Tai Tzu.Earlier, India’s Sameer Verma dished out a dominating performance to outclass Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to keep his hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage alive.World No.14 Sameer, who qualified for the tournament at the last moment after defending his title at the Syed Modi International last month, looked at ease against the 10th ranked Sugiarto, defeating him 21-16 21-7 in a 40-minute Group B clash.The 24-year-old Indian, who had lost the opening match against world no 1 and world champion Kento Momota, will face Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen next on Friday. He had defeated Wangcharoen en route to his Swiss Open title but lost at the Thailand Open this year.Sameer had come into the tournament with a 1-1 head-to-head record against the Indonesian and he looked comfortable as his sharp game made life difficult for his opponent.The Indian lagged 1-3 and 5-6 initially but he soon wrested the lead with four straight points before entering the break at 11-7.Sugiarto stried to stage a comeback and narrowed the deficit to 16-17 but Sameer reeled off the remaining four points to earn the bragging rights.advertisementIn the second game, Sugiarto again took a slender 5-3 advantage early on but the Indian soon stamped his authority to move from 7-6 to 16-6 with a nine-point burst and then slammed the door on his rival with another five straight points.Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu will take on World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in a Group A women’s singles match later in the day.The top two players from each group will qualify for the semifinals, after which a knockout draw will be conducted.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | BWF World Tour Finals 2018: Players complain of slippery and rough courtAlso Watch:last_img

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