Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu today registered a second successive World Championships final spot after seeing off a fighting Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in straight games at the women’s singles semifinals in Nanjing (China).
Sindhu, who had finished runners-up at the Glasgow edition last year after losing to another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, notched up a superb 21-16 24-22 win over world number two Yamaguchi in a 54-minute hard-fought match. She gave her little chance with deft touches, superb drop shots and well placed shots.
To highlight a turn of things with Sindhu, she remained mentally strong to stage remarkable comebacks in both games. In the second game, she trailed 11-19 before winning 24-22 having seen match point at 20-19.
The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who also won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014, will face Olympic champion and former two-time gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain tomorrow.