PV Sindhu on Friday registered a comfortable 21-9, 21-15 win against USA’s Beiwen Zhang in her third Group A match and earned a spot in the semifinals of BWF World Tour finals. The Rio Olympics silver medalist kept a clean sheet as has won all three of her group matches.
The Indian shuttler needed just 35 minutes to finish the straight game win in Guangzhou.
Earlier, world No 6 Sindhu had a sloppy start, with Zhang took the lead 4-0 in the first game. She came back from the trail to take the game around and maintained a decent 8-6 lead. Making no flaws in her moves, she seized the game with quick points.
Sindhu continued with her best shots to start the second game with smooth 5-0 lead. Then Zhang started picking her points to make 2-5. However, the 23-year-old played carefully and made no error to pose a 6-3 lead.
World no 12 Zhang broke a point in the next serve to make 4-7, but Sindhu was too good for the Chinese-American single specialist. Both players fought hard and they were running neck to neck but Sindhu went to defend the 11-9 lead.
After they reached 20-12, Sindhu wrapped up the game with a quick three game points till the end.
Sindhu will next face world no 8 Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the semifinals on Saturday.