Sindhu enters the finals of World Tour defeating Intanon
Sindhu will fight for the title against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara on SundayAuthor : Sunaina
Indian badminton star P V Sindhu has entered into the summit clash of the World Tour Finals for the second successive time by defeating the 2013 World champion Ratchanok Intanon in a tense semi-final, in Guangzhou, on Saturday.
Sindhu, who finished runner-up at the last edition, faced a strong challenge from the Thai to emerge a 21-16, 25-23 winner in 54 minutes.
In the final of the World Tour, the Olympic silver medallist will fight for the title against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, to whom she had lost the World Championship final, last year.
The duo started on an equal note having split the initial 14 points. Sindhu attacked the long serves of Intanon, putting pressure on the Thai with her powerful returns to lead 10-7. The Indian badminton star missed a couple of points before entering the break with a small 11-9 advantage.
Intanon quickly covered the disadvantage with a brilliant angled return at the net. While the Thai shuttler targetted Sindhu's body, she also committed errors of judgement and went wide allowing Sindhu to stay a step ahead always.
Sindhu put some lovely touch to her returns, leaving Intanon wrong footed many times. She also unleashed some powerful smashes to trouble the Thai player.