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Singapore Open 2022 Final, PV Sindhu beats Wang Zhi Yi 21-9, 11-21, 21-15 to win the title

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Singapore, July 17: India shuttler PV Sindhu continued her good form and won her third title of the year after defeating China's Wang Zhi Yi 21-9, 11-21, 21-15 in the Singapore Open 2022 final here at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang on Sunday (July 17). Sindhu continued her clean slate over the Chinese as she prevailed over in the second match between the two.

The two-time Olympic medallist - who was playing her first Super Series 500 final of the season - defeated the Chinese in the match which lasted for 58 minutes. The Hyderabadi shuttler - who had registered a comfortable victory in the semifinal when she brushed aside Japan's Saene Kawakami in the last-four contest - showed great composure and class as she came back strongly in the third and deciding game to win the contest.

The win in Singapore bodes well for the Indian star for this win is going to give her a massive boost ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

Sindhu takes Game 1:

The Indian shuttler won the first game quite comfortably and her Chinese counterpart was only looking to do the catch-up act. Sindhu was no match to her opponent and won in an emphatic fashion within 15 minutes. The Hyderabadi shuttler took a huge 9-point lead in the first game at the time of the change of courts.

At the halfway stage, Sindhu led 11-2. She went on to convert the good start and won the first game 21-9 as Wang Zhi Yi looked shaky. The Chinese committed too many errors in the first game as the pressure of playing a big final and against a stronger opponent got the better of her.

Zhi Yi equalises in Game 2:

The Chinese, however, looked a completely different player from the word go in game two. Wang played aggressively and also forced the Indian to commit unforced errors and at the halfway stage she took a huge eight-point lead as the scoreline read 11-3 in her favour.

Sindhu looked like a mere shadow of herself throughout game two as she kept committing mistakes and the Chinese shuttler's lead continued to swell. The Chinese played some brilliant cross-court smashes and mostly kept the service to herself and eventually equalised by winning it 21-11.

Sindhu shows her class in decider:

The Indian shuttler - who is known for her aggressive play - brought her A-Game in the third and started picking up points from the start. Once Sindhu showed her aggressive play the Chinese looked unsettled. The long rallies also came in Sindhu's favour as he managed to win three long rallies while Wang won just one. At the halfway stage, Sindhu took a healthy five-point advantage when the scoreline read 11-6 in the Indian's favour.

In the second half, however, Wang picked up early points and tried to bridge the deficit but Sindhu had perhaps kept her best for the last round and took the game 21-15 to win her first Super500 tournament of the year 2022.


Sindhu won the semis in style:

Earlier on Saturday (July 16), Sindhu registered a dominant 21-15, 21-7 win against her Japanese opponent in a contest that lasted only 32 minutes and stormed into the final. With the win on Saturday, Sindhu maintained her clean slate over Kawakami, holding a 3-0 record over the Japanese shuttler. Zhi Yi entered the finals after defeating compatriot Aya Ohori 21-14, 21-14 in the other semifinal.

Earlier, Sindhu had fought hard in the quarterfinal against Han Yue of China to enter the last four. The third-seeded Indian shuttler brushed aside her opponent in the semifinal, to put herself in contention for her season's first Super Series 500 title. The Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist the only Indian left in the fray.

Sindhu has faced Wang just once before on the court when she defeated Wang in a one-sided encounter in the All England Badminton Championship. Although she holds a 100% record against Wang, the Indian shuttler will have her task cut out against the Asian champion, who has come up the ranks quickly.

Here are the highlights from the match:

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11:42 AM

The game lasted for a total of 58 minutes and the Indian fans - who are in abundant numbers at the venue - gave Sindhu a raucous cheer. She's the only Indian female shuttler after Saina Nehwal to win a gold at Singapore Open.

11:38 AM

Victory! PV Sindhu beats Wang Zhi Yi 21-9, 11-21, 21-15 to win the Singapore Open Super 500! This is her third title of the year and first Super500 title of the season. Stellar comeback from Sindhu after losing the second game.

11:36 AM

15-19! Sindhu again hits it long and the shuttle flies past the court. Wang gets a point.

11:35 AM

19-14! Sindhu gets another point after a dominant effort off Wang!

11:34 AM

18-14! Sindhu gets a point and breaks the service. She then plays aggressive smashes and gets another point.

11:33 AM

13-16! Sindhu gives her service away by playing it outside the court and concedes a point.

11:31 AM

12-15! Wang plays a delightful drop shot and gets a point after a long rally.

11:30 AM

15-11! A superb rally and another good follow-up from Sindhu as she wins a point!

11:29 AM

14-11! A couple of points to Sindhu.

11:28 AM

12-11! First point for Sindhu in the second half but soon after she loses the services by gifting a couple of points away. Wang is looking to script a comeback.

11:25 AM

9-11! Wang gets back-to-back 2 points after the change of ends. Sindhu's advantage of 5 points slips to two now.

11:23 AM

11-6! Sindhu comes back strongly in the decider and at the halfway stage. Sindhu has a 5-point advantage at the change of ends

11:22 AM

Another long rally lasted for 29 shots but this time it's Wang Zhi Yi who gets a point. Wang 6-8 Sindhu.

11:20 AM

6-5! The longest rally (26) of the match so far and Sindhu finally manages to prevail by earning a point.

11:19 AM

5-5! Wang Zhi Yi plays a brilliant cross-court smash and equalises.

11:17 AM

5-4! Sindhu takes a slender 1-point lead over her opponent in the final game. Some aggressive intent is shown by the Indian in this game!

11:15 AM

Game 3! 2-3 Sindhu starts with a point but she also concedes 3 to the Asian champion!

11:11 AM

21-11! Strong comeback from the Chinese Wang Zhi Yi as she wins game two in style. It's 1-1 and we are going to have a decider. Sindhu has looked a mere shadow of herself in the second game despite winning the first one 21-9.

11:09 AM

19-10! Wang is just two points away from taking this game.

11:08 AM

17-8! Wang Zhi Yi is leading game two against her Indian counterpart and we are in for a decider third game it seems. Sindhu has made a lot of unforced errors in this game.

11:05 AM

15-5! Wang Zhi Yi is cruising at the moment. She seems to have learnt from the mistakes in the first game and taken her game to the next level in the second. Sindhu has been only doing the catching-up act in this game.

11:03 AM

12-4! Wang Zhi Yi shows her power and agility and picks up her first point in the second half. Sindhu is still 8 points adrift.

11:01 AM

11-3! Wang dominates the second game as she maintains a massive 8-point lead at the halfway stage against the third seed Indian.

10:59 AM

2-6! Sindhu finally gets off the mark and picks up a couple of points with her cross-court smashes.

10:57 AM

6-0! Wang Zhi Yi hasn't lost a single point so far and Sindhu hasn't been able to open her account so far. A strong show of intent from the Japanese shuttler.

10:55 AM

Game 2 is On! Wang Zhi Yi starts with three points first up. Will she be able to stage a comeback?

10:53 AM

21-9! PV Sindhu takes the first game in a dominant fashion over Wang Zhi Yi! The pressure of a big final has definitely impacted the Japanese in the first game.

10:51 AM

The scoreline now reads 19-9! Sindhu is 2 points away from taking this game.

10:51 AM

16-6! Sindhu leads the first game and cruising at the moment!

10:50 AM

At the halfway stage Sindhu leads 11-2! This is a massive 9-point lead for the Indian in Game 1.

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Story first published: Sunday, July 17, 2022, 12:30 [IST]
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