PV Sindhu on Saturday entered the final of BWF World Tour Finals for the second successive time. She beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16, 25-23 in a thrilling semifinal in Guangzhou.
World no 5 Intanon drew the first blood with the first serve of the match following Sindhu’s unforced error. She made it to a 2-0 lead with less effort.
Both players fought neck to neck in a tight contest and the scoreline reached 7-7. But the Indian shuttler took three consecutive points to come ahead of the Thai counterpart with 10-7 scoreline. She played carefully to maintain the lead and earned fourth successive points and widened the gap to 19-15 against Intanon.
The first game finished with 21-16 thanks to an unforced error from Intanon, the 2013 winner of BWF World Championships, in the last serve.
Decisive points came from the second game as the two opponents refused to yield an easy point to one another. The scoreline showed a narrow gap between the two, but the Indian shuttler extended her lead to 7-10.
The Thai prodigy Intanon attentively took points for an 11-10 lead until Sindhu leveled the score to 11-11.
The Olympics silver medalist then went on to step ahead of Intanon and broke the scoreline of 23-23. She kept the game in her custody till 25-23 to reach the final of the tournament.
Sindhu will take on Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara again for the second consecutive final on Sunday in the final. The Japanese counterpart won the title 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 in a nail-biting clash.