PV Sindhu came up with a stunning display in the Malaysia Open, defeating Sung Ji Hyun in straight games in the second round. PV Sindhu won the match, 22-20, 21-17. It was one of her best performances of 2016.
Sindhu played some sensational badminton throughout the match. However, it was not an easy outing for her as the South Korean shuttler came back into the match with her quality every now and then. Sinhdu, however, proved to be too good for the Korean, who was knocked out of the Malaysia Open.
The match, as expected, was an exciting one, with both players known for their quality. The match turned out to be a humdinger right from the outset. They did not give one another an inch, and had to earn their respective points, which made for thrilling viewing.
Sindhu emerged victorious in a tight encounter, winning the first game 22-20. It was a game where she showed her skills from both the back and front ends of the court, along with powerful smashes and lovely plays at the net.
With Sung Ji eager to win the second game, she was looking in good shape. But Sindhu carried on from where she had left off in the first game, playing those delicate shots at the net and quality smashes down the line, which made the Korean look helpless a few times. Sindhu won the game 21-17 with decent ease, as compared to the first game.
Sindhu needs to show similar form Friday, when she comes up against Ratchanok Intanon in the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open. Intanon got past Hsu Ya Ching in the second round to set up a date with the India shuttler.
If Sindhu can get her powerful smashes right against Intanon, it would come to us as no surprise if the India shuttler reached the semifinals by defeating the Thai player.