Singapore Open: Saina Kawakami of Japan blown away by PV Sindhu, just one step away from gold medal

India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Saina Kawakami of Japan in the women’s singles semi-final to seal her place in the final. In the semi-finals of the Singapore Open, Sindhu registered a 21-15 21-7 win in a match that lasted 32 minutes. Now he is just one win away from his maiden Super 500 title of the 2022 season. Sindhu’s pre-match winning record against the Japanese was 2-0 and the last match between the two was played at the 2018 China Open.

Former world champion Sindhu was in full swing on world number 38 Kawakami. Kawakami made many mistakes in this one-sided match. Sindhu started with powerful smashes right from the start and the Indian took a three-point lead till the break. The 24-year-old Japanese player began to push the shuttle to a difficult spot to equalize.

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The match turned interesting when both the players were fighting for every point. Sindhu also won two video referrals during this period, leading her 18-14. Then a powerful smash and two effortless mistakes from Kawakami helped Sindhu win the opening game with ease.

Kawakami’s struggles continued in the second game, unable to control the shuttle and trailing 0-5. Sindhu entangled her opponent in rallies and patiently waited for him to make mistakes. Sindhu soon led 17-5 after a break of 11-4.

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The Japanese had no answer to Sindhu’s forehand, which allowed the Indian to take a 19-6 lead. After Sindhu’s swift smash of the baseline was hit over the net by the opponent, the shuttle fell out and the Indian player clenched his fists to show his victory.

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