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BWF World Tour Finals 2018: PV Sindhu enters final for the second consecutive year, Sameer Verma loses

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PV Sindhu
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It has often been said about PV Sindhu that she is always the bridesmaid, but never the bride. But she now has a chance to prove everyone wrong, as she will play in the final of the World Tour Finals tomorrow.

Sindhu defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16, 25-23 in the semifinal match which lasted 54 minutes. With this win, the Indian has equaled her head to head record against Intanon to 4-4.

Sindhu started the match on a strong note by quickly taking a 4-2 lead. Both the players looked eager to grab the first attacking opportunity, but Sindhu always seemed a step ahead.

With some powerful smashes and brilliant retrieving skills, she managed to take an 11-8 lead at the mid-game interval. Ratchanok soon clawed back to level the scores at 12-12, but Sindhu again nosed ahead.

From 17-15 up Sindhu won four out of the next five points to close the opening game 21-16.

In the second game, Sindhu raced ahead to a 4-0 lead, but Ratchanok refused to give up. From 8-10 down she won the next three points to lead 11-10 at the mid-game interval.

After the interval, it was a neck-and-neck battle as both players played to the best of their abilities. At 19-19, Sindhu made a routine error to give Ratchanok her first game point, but she immediately leveled the scores at 20-20 with a powerful down-the-line smash to the backhand side of the Thai.

Both the players saved a couple of game and match points but eventually it was Sindhu who came out on top, winning the second game 25-23.

This is Sindhu's 6th final this year. She finished as the runner-up in each of the five times she reached the summit clash before this.

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Tomorrow she will be up against former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Okuhara defeated defending champion Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 21-14 in a match lasting 46 minutes.

Sindhu's head-to-head record against Okuhara is tied at 6-6, with Sindhu winning their last encounter in straight games. But just like Sindhu, Okuhara has also shown tremendous form in this tournament, and it will likely be a tough match for both women tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Sameer Verma silenced the entire crowd in Guangzhou when he earned himself a match point opportunity while leading 21-12, 20-19 against the local favourite and World No. 2 Shi Yuqi. But Shi saved the match point with a thunderous smash down the line before winning the second game 22-20.

In the third game, Shi started with a 4-0 lead and continued to dominate as he won the match 12-21, 22-20, 21-17 in one hour and eight minutes.




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