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Badminton Worlds: Sindhu marches into semis; assured of fifth medal

Last updated on: August 23, 2019 18:13 IST

PV Sindhu

IMAGE: PV Sindhu of India competes in the women's singles quarterfinal. Photograph: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Two-time silver medallist P V Sindhu produced yet another commanding performance as she defeated second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals of the BWF Badminton World Championships, in Basel, on Friday.

 

The fifth seeded Indian won 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 in the women's singles quarter-finals match that lasted 71 minutes and thus assured herself of a fifth medal.

Tai Tzu looked supremely fit, extremely confident and played quick drops, smashes and also tried out some ambitious strokes to move to game point at 20-11.

After the change of sides, Sindhu managed to a 2-0 lead. However, Tai Tzu drew parity at 2-2. But Sindhu did not give up. She came back 8-8 before leading 11-9 at the break.

The former World No 1 came back 12-12 and did not let Sindhu control the rallies. But Tai Tzu was playing catching up and Sindhu won the second game 23-21.

In the third game Tai Tzu led 4-1 and at break she was leading 11-9.

The two were locked at 14-14. Sindhu got slight advantage at crucial point 18-17.The momentum changed and the game was locked again at 19-19.

The Indian finally won 21-19.

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