PV Sindhu equals Saina Nehwal in most Superseries finals played by Indian women's singles shuttler

PV Sindhu
PV Sindhu

What’s the story?

Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has reached yet another milestone in her career, as she equaled Saina Nehwal to play three Superseries final in a calendar year, after her summit clash in the women’s singles category of the Hong Kong Open against Tai Tzu of Taiwan.

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Sindhu was the only Indian left in the latter stages of the tournament, after Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out in the second round. Meanwhile Kidambi Srikanth, had pulled out of this tournament, due to an injury.

Heart of the matter

Having played in the Hong Kong Open final, Sindhu equaled Saina’s record of playing in three Superseries finals in a year. This is also the highest number of SS finals any Indian shuttler has participated in, during a calendar year, in the women’s singles category.

The Hyderabad shuttler has been on good form this season, making it to the Indian Indian Open, the Korean Open and the Hong Kong Open Superseries finals in 2017. Out of these, she has won the Indian and the Korean Opens.

Although Sindhu levels up with Saina as the highest number of Superseries finals reached in a year for an Indian women’s singles shuttler, she is still two behind Kidambi Srikanth, who has made it to five finals this year itself.

What’s next?

Sindhu has been one of India’s best shuttlers in the women’s singles category, clinching the silver medal at the Rio Olympics last year. To add to that, she had also made it to the final of the BWF World Championship, where she lost out to Nozomi Okuhara in an epic summit clash.

Now, she is set to take part in the year-ending Dubai World Superseries, which is set to take place next month.

Author’s take

Sindhu’s run of form has certainly made her one of the best shuttlers in the world right now. However, a good run in the Dubai Superseries could see her eclipsing Saina, and make the record her own.

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Edited by Soumo Ghosh
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