Oozing with confidence, PV Sindhu gets past Ratchonk Intanon of Thailand in BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Tour Finals 2018 semifinal today in Guangzhou, China. The victory was a hard fought one with the score line reading 21-16, 25-23.
Sindhu got the better of her Thailand opponent in 54 minutes. In the first set, Sindhu and Intanon initially matched point by point before the Indian shuttler went into a two-point lead. Ratchonk was able to cut off the lead but succumbed to Sindhu with unforced errors.
The second set saw Sindhu with a much better start with a lead of four points. But World No.8 Ratchonk closed the lead with 5-6 and gained 1 point lead from Sindhu at the break.
The much-needed break saw Sindhu widened the lead before Intanon neutralised the score at 18-18. From then on, Intanon tried to take the game away with the match point before Sindhu cutting her opponent’s stroke levelling at 21-21.
Following that, Intanon conceded two unforced errors before the Rio Olympic silver medallist winning with a smash playing a forced rally by the Thai shuttler.
Sindhu surging the tour like an unbeaten juggernaut topping the group and demolishing Beiwan Zhang of US in the quarter finals.
The BWF World Tour Finals sets up an exciting clash between PV Sindhu and World No.5 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan tomorrow. Earlier, Okuhara beat her Japanese counterpart Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 21-14.