PV Sindhu has rocketed into the BWF World Championships final after beating China’s Chen Yufei in the semifinal contest. She will now face Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final in Glasgow. Okuhara earlier ended the hopes of an all-India final when she beat Saina Nehwal in a hard fought contest in the first semi-final. With the results, India is at least guaranteed of a silver and a bronze medal at the Championships but Sindhu will be hoping that she goes all the way and brings home the world championship in the final.
Sindhu was in dominant form in the match, winning it eventually in straight games, hardly breaking a sweat. The World No.10 Chen Yufei simply was not in the same league, losing out with a lopsided final score of 21-13 21-10. With this display, Sindhu will head into the final with a billion hopes behind her back and it would be interesting to see whether she would be able to cope up with the pressure.
Her opponent will be Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, who earlier beat Saina Nehwal in the first semi-final. Saina started the match brilliantly, but her Japanese opponent ultimately outlasted her in a war of attrition, winning in three games with a final score of 12-21, 21-17, 21-10. This result means that Saina will walk away from the Championship with a bronze medal to her name, a brilliant result considering not expectations were on her shoulders heading into the tournament. She showed glimpses of her best in this tournament and will be hoping that she regains her fitness, which would give her a better chance of competing for the top tournaments in the world.
Meanwhile, all the eyes in the country will be on PV Sindhu with high hopes of her writing another golden chapter in Indian sporting history.