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P. V. Sindhu successfully defends her Macau Open title

Modified 30 Nov 2014, 17:25 IST
P.V. Sindhu won the Macau Open GP Gold

Nov 30 2014, Macau

Defending champion and second seed P. V. Sindhu of India won the $120,000 Macau Open GP Gold after beating unseeded Korean Kim Hyo Min 21-12, 21-17 in 45 minutes.

Kim Hyo Min had reached the final with some huge upsets including a victory over 7th seed Yu Sun of China in semi-final, 4th seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in quarter-final, and 6th seed Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand in the second round. However Sindhu proved to be too strong for the Korean giant killer.

Kim opened the first game with three beautiful shots and maintained a lead till 6-4. Sindhu attacked back furiously and went into the break leading 11-8. After the break she took just nine more minutes to wrap up the first game 21-12.

The second game proved to be much more competitive with Kim making Sindhu work harder for every point. Players kept deceiving each other with their deft play till 8-8. Kim finally broke jinx to fire 3 quick points to take an 11-8 lead at the break.

Upon return Sindhu replied back with a 5-points streak to take a 13-11 lead. Kim managed to level the scores again but Sindhu once again rushed to a 17-13 lead. Kim made a last ditch effort to save the match but Sindhu stayed focused earning herself four championship points. Kim managed to save one but Sindhu took the next point to win the game 21-17 and lift the trophy.

With this win Sindhu pocketed $9000 as well as is likely to jump back into world top 10.

Published 30 Nov 2014, 15:21 IST
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