India’s star player and Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu entered the semifinal of India Open by beating her compatriot Saina Nehwal in the quarter-finals. She was involved in a tough match against Nehwal and many time it looked like Nehwal is going to get better of PV. But in the end, PV got past Nehwal to win the match 21-16, 22-20.
The fans were also in a big dilemma at the Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi about whom to cheer for as both of these players have played brilliantly for the national side in all the competition.
This is the second consecutive time that PV Sindhu got better of Nehwal. She also beat her in the Premier Badminton League earlier this year. It has been a long time since Saina has defeated PV Sindhu as her last victory against her came in 2014.
It was a great competitive match between both of this player as they almost gave everything on the court to get the better of other. It was a hard fought battle as first ten points were split by the two at 5-5. At the time all the fans got the fact that this match will go till the end as no one of the both was ready to let go each other easily.
Nehwal then took te lead by 7-5. But soon after that PV Sindhu came into her groove as she went on a hot streak, winning 10 out of the next 12 points to open up a 15-9 lead and latter won the first set by 21-16.
In the second set, Nehwal looked more settled than PV Sindhu. She started the set on high as she took a 7-12 advantage on the scoreboard. She always maintained the lead on her opponent and was looking like that she is going to win this set easily as the score was 16-19 in Nehwal’s favour. But Sindhu had other plans as she
But Sindhu had other plans as she equalized with a sequence of three straight points, which included a massive 23-shot rally. She then went on to take the set by 22-20 and won the match.
After the match, Sindhu said,”Overall, it was a good match. I believed in myself and even though she led through most part of the second game, I’m glad that I held my nerve.Even before the match, I knew that there will be a huge crowd and I was trying my best to remain focused on the game. They were really supportive and I would like to thank them for their love and support.”
Nehwal said,” A rivalry between us has been built up for so many years now by the fans and the media.On the court, there is a rivalry. But we are good friends off the court.”
Sindhu will now take on Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the semi-finals whom she has already defeated earlier this year in PBL 2017.