Indian badminton star PV Sindhu hopeful for a better show in the finals

Aug 05, 2018, 12:35 IST | PTI

PV Sindhu keen to end up on winning side after entering her second successive World C'ships final

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu hopeful for a better show in the finals
PV Sindhu exults after defeating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final of the World Championships on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu continued her incredible run of form in the World Championships, earning a second successive final spot after seeing off Japan's Akane Yamaguchi at the women's singles semi-finals here on Saturday.

World No. 3 Sindhu, who had finished runners-up at the Glasgow edition last year after losing to another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in an epic summit showdown, notched up a superb 21-16, 24-22 win over World No. 2 Yamaguchi in a 55-minute match.

"It was a good match overall. I hope this time it would be a better result then the last time. I have to prepare well for tomorrow, so it's not yet over," Sindhu said.
Sindhu entered the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, who had defeated the Indian in big-ticket events such as All England Championship this year and Dubai Superseries Final last year.

"We know each other's game, we play very often, we played at the All England Championship. So, we needed to be patience and consistent to win. I was prepared for long matches because both Yamaguchi and Okuhara are very good players and can go on and on in the rallies," Sindhu said. "So, I had to be on the court always. In the second game when I was down, I still had hope that till the last point it wasn't over for me, so I kept trying." Sindhu will face Marin in Sunday's final.

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