PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

It was an important match for Sindhu today at the semi-final of the Yonex Swiss Open 2021. After her World Championship gold at Basel in 2019, her performance has seen a dip. The return at the Asian leg wasn’t very great either as she struggled despite qualifying for the BWF World Tour Finals 2020.

Another importance this match held for her was a chance to avenge her first-round exit at the Yonex Thailand Open 2021 at the hands of Mia Blichfeldt.

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Mia Blichfeldt and Sindhu to fought for a spot in the finals.

Both players were moving extremely well at the start of the game. Sharp round the head cross-court drops and half smashes from Sindhu caught Mia wrong-footed.

Sindhu dropped a 15-12 lead due to unforced errors cropping up and Mia caught up 15-15. But soon Sindhu attacked well and went to 20-17. She lost a point by making an error. Attack from Mia and a good follow-up made the score 19-20. She left a lift at the backline thinking it was long, but the line judge called it in, hence Sindhu challenged. The hawk-eye showed the shuttle landing right on the backline making the score 20-20.

She played basic and took the next point pushing Mia across long corners and another with a smash and follow-up brilliantly executed, selling the game 22-20.

It was an erratic start for Mia and Sindhu went off to a 5-2 lead. Mia was pushing shots long at the backline, unable to control the drift. Mia struggled throughout to return shuttles well. At the mid-game interval, the score was 11-6. Post the break Mia could hardly take 4 points as Sindhu smashed her way through to the finals, beating Blichfeldt, 22-20, 21-10.

What a brilliant game by Sindhu in this semi-final and making it to the last stage of the tournament. She will play a final again here in Basel tomorrow. Whether Sindhu will be able to win another title here will be a great match to watch.

She will face the winner among Carolina Marin and Pornpawee Chochuwong.

Also Read: Swiss Open 2021: Women’s singles semi-final preview


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