Indian ace PV Sindhu on Thursday came back from behind and ended her losing streak against Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying to earn her spot in the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou. She took an hour and one minute to defeat the world number one shuttler 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in the Group B match.
In a thrilling game, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist Sindhu made an early lead with 2-1 but made unforced errors, yielding the game to the badminton queen 14-21.
Sindhu, who had lost six consecutive matches against Tai, started the second game with concrete score. The 23-year-old was flawless and aggressive as she widened the score 10-4 at the midway. At one point, Tai was closing up to 10-12 but was little sloppy on the line.
The Indian shuttler didn’t miss any chance to smash for a point throughout and made it a 21-16 win.
Tai, who was reportedly suffering from an injury, posed a threat with 3-0 lead in the deciding game as Sindhu was losing her balance. When she continued to make unforced errors owing to her injury, Sindhu leveled the game 13-13 and went on to maintain a lead till 21-18.
It was two years ago in Rio Olympics when Sindhu last time defeated Tai 21-13, 21-15 in 40 minutes.