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BWF Superseries Finals: Sindhu loses in semis


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Dubai : Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu went down to Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea in the semi-finals of the BWF Superseries Finals at the Hamdan Sports Complex here on Saturday.

Olympic 2016 silver medallist Sindhu lost 15-21, 21-18, 15-21 as she was topped by 2014 Asian champion Sung, who looked clearly the better shuttler on the day.

Following the win, the South Korean improved her head-to-head record against Sindhu to 4-6.

World No.5 Sung will meet world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final. Tai moved past Sun Yu of China 21-19, 21-19 in the other semi-final in 50 minutes.

The final presents an opportunity for Sung to avenge the 2014 Superseries Finals’ summit clash loss to Tai, who then had prevailed in straight games at this same venue.

Sindhu, who was playing in her maiden Superseries Finals, the season-ending meet, looked off-colour on the day. Even though she refused to give up and fought hard for each point, she committed a lot of unforced errors.

Her strokes had the power but not accuracy and due to this she largely suffered at critical junctures. Early in the first game, Sindhu was trailing 2-4 but she equalised only to let a couple of shots go wide, resulting in a three-point lead for Sung at 7-4.

Afterwards, Sung kept the 22-year-old Indian off balance, never allowing her to equalise. But the Indian remained in contention till it was 14-15 in favour of the South Korean.

Sung then produced a barrage of delectable cross-court half smashes to rattle four consecutive points to walk away with the first game 21-15.

In the deciding game, Sung, a fast mover within the court compared to Sindhu, played her best game.–IANS