Badminton World Championships 2018: Sindhu sets up final against Marin

first_imgPV Sindhu entered her second straight BWF World Championship final on Saturday after beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.The Indian badminton ace will now face Spain’s Carolina Marin in the final of the World Championship on Sunday.In a hard-fought battle that lasted for 55 minutes, Sindhu defeated Yamaguchi 21-16, 24-22 in the semi-finals.PV Sindhu vs Yamaguchi, Badminton World Championships 2018 semi-final: HighlightsSindhu looked a bit nervous and took time to get into the groove, resulting in Yamaguchi racing away to a 5-0 lead.The Indian earned the first point with a precise smash but a couple of wide strokes on both sides of the court helped the Japanese move to 6-3.At 4-8, Sindhu reeled off five straight points to grab a 9-8 lead. However, the Japanese managed to hold a slender 11-10 lead at the break after Sindhu failed to cross the net.After the breather, Sindhu stepped up her retrieving skills and covered the court better as Yamaguchi tried to put the shuttle close to the lines and ended up committing many unforced errors.At 10-12, Sindhu rode on eight straight points to reach 18-12. However, she went out twice and also sent the shuttle long once to allow Yamaguchi make a recovery.However, the Indian eventually grabbed four game points after capitalising on a weak return from the Japanese and converted it immediately when Yamaguchi faltered at the forecourt.Just like the opening game, Sindhu again lagged 2-6 initially in the second game, before the Indian managed to reduce the gap to 7-8. But after Sindhu went out Yamaguchi unleashed a whipping cross court smash and one at the back court to move to the interval with a 11-7 advantage.advertisementThe Japanese extended the lead to 14-9 with two precise smashes. But she went long thrice after that and Sindhu too found the net twice. It was 16-12 advantage for Yamaguchi at that point.Sindhu then scripted an incredible recovery from 12-19, reeling off eight straight points to grab one match point. Yamaguchi saved one before holding a game point herself. However, the Japanese goofed up during the serve to squander her advantage.After another intense rally, Yamaguchi went long to hand over Sindhu a second match point but what ensued next was the longest rally of the contest, comprising 41 shots, which ended with Sindhu hitting wide.However, Yamaguchi hit wide again to gift Sindhu her third match point and this time she converted it after the Japanese went wide again.Meanwhile, Marin defeated China’s He Bingjiao in the first semi-final of the day.The Spaniard dished out a clinical performance as she registered a 21-17, 21-10 win over the home favourite.The Sunday final will be the 13th clash between Sindhu and Marin and a repeat of their famous 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal – which was won by the Spaniard.Their head-to-head record currently stands at 6-6.In their previous meeting, Sindhu defeated Marin 22-20, 21-19 in the Malaysia Open in June this year.The world No 8 Marin has won the World Championship earlier twice in 2014 and 2015.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more