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.