PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi in Superseries Finals opener

PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi in Superseries Finals opener

Kenneth Drake
December 15, 2016

"But I could have played much better", she added. In the first game, I did a lot of negatives. But then, in the second game, I was very alert from the start and I was maintaining that lead.

Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain is set to take on China's Sun Yu in Group B. "My form is good and hopefully it will continue in Dubai", said the two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, who will open her campaign against second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. Sindhu tried to neutralise her rivals deception by pushing her to the mid court and came up with a power-packed return to lead 6-3.

Carolina Marin begins quest for her maiden Superseries Finals title in Dubai on 14 December against Sun Yu at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

The 21-year-old had exited early in Denmark and France but she stunned the world with her rampaging run at the last two qualifying tournaments, becoming the third Indian to win the China Open, her maiden Super Series Premier title last month and then reaching the finals at Hong Kong where she lost to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying.

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"It's an honour to play in Dubai, it's an event that I have always wanted to qualify for".

"It is really hard, but it is also wonderful that I can be there at the top of the world rankings and it is an incredible feeling for me".

Chong Wei sidelined other nominees including compatriots and Olympics men's doubles silver medallist pair, Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, China's Olympics men's singles gold medallist Chen Long and men's doubles pair Fu Haifeng-Zhang Nan, and Denmark's Jan O Jorgensen. The Malaysian, however, was not at his best, perhaps still recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered in October. "We know each other's game so it is just that on that day who works out the strategy and lays it out on court and who changes accordingly is the victor", Sindhu said.

Meanwhile in Group A, former women's world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand went down to South Korean Sung ji Hyun 21-19, 21-12 in 35 minutes. The Indian beat Yu in Rio, but the Chinese poses a threat.