China Open 2016: PV Sindhu defeats China's Sun Yu to clinch maiden Super Series title

Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu added another feather to her cap on Sunday as she defeated Sun Yu of China in the final of the 2016 China Open in Fuzhou to clinch her maiden Super Series title.

By Suyash Srivastava | Updated: Nov 20, 2016, 23:55 PM IST
China Open 2016: PV Sindhu defeats China's Sun Yu to clinch maiden Super Series title
PV Sindhu, who saved three match points in her semi-final match, defeated China's Sun Yu

New Delhi: Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu added another feather to her cap on Sunday as she defeated Sun Yu of China 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in the final of the 2016 China Open in Fuzhou to clinch her maiden Super Series title.

Sindhu, who was playing her first final of a Super Series tournament, was leading 11-5 at first break in the first game. She comprehensively went on to seal the game 21-11.

Even in the second game, despite some early fightback from her Chinese opponent, Sindhu was leading 11-7 at the first break. But Yu fought back hard and leveled scores at 14-14. But since then, there was a shift in momentum as the Chinese stepped up the gas and was leading 19-16 at one point. She eventually won it 21-17.

In the decider, Sindhu was leading 10-6, as her opponent looked out of steam. Sindhu once again was leading 11-6 after Yu's cross-court smash landed wide. Sindhu extended her lead to 15-9 in the match. It was only a matter of time that Sindhu won the third game, which she eventually won 21-11.

Earlier, in her semi-final match, the Hyderabadi shuttler saved three match points against sixth seeded South Korean Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea in three tough games, 11-21, 23-21 and 21-19 in the second semi-final of the USD 700,000 Super Series Premier event.

Yu defeated Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei 21-8, 23-21 in the first semi-final earlier.

Prior to this final match, Yu, seeded eighth, had a 3-2 head-to-head lead over Sindhu. The duo last met at Swiss Open in 2014 with the Chinese girl winning in three games 18-21 21-12 21-19.

Sindhu two wins over Yu came at India Open in 2013 and Asian Youth championships in 2012.

The 21-year-old Indian has now replicated Saina Nehwal's 2014 exploits by winning her first ever Premier title.

Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to win a Silver medal at Olympics, when she lost to Spain's Carolina Marin in the women's singles final at Rio in August this year.