HYDERABAD: P.V. Sindhu, in the absence of Saina extended her unbeaten reign in Macau and achieved a rare hat-trick at the $120,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament with a convincing 21-19, 21-23, 21-14 victory against Minatsu Mitani of Japan in the final on Sunday.
A pleased Sindhu told TOI after the win, “I am really very, very excited. This title came as a big relief. It was my third straight title and somehow I am fond of this place.”
Sindhu started on good note in the first game, even before Mitani got a feel of the conditions, Sindhu finished off the first game at 21-9.
In the second game, Sindhu too did not show any urgency and played a flawlwss game by keeping the shuttle in the court. The Indian could have finished the match in the second game itself. But at 21-20, Sindhu hit the bird twice into the net and her racquet strings also got snapped.
In the decider, Sindhu raced to a 9-3 lead and never looked back.
Mitani had defeated both Sindhu and Saina at the Japan Open in the first two rounds.
“She is playing very well now. I am happy with the way she managed some of the difficult returns. It is a very good win for her,” said Pullela Gopichand, adding that he was impressed with the way she remained patient on the court.” Staying calm and patient are some of the areas we are working on with her. The way she fought back after the second game’s loss and the manner she controlled the contest will help her in the long run,” Gopi said.
“I am happy to have regained full fitness. I have no issues now,” Sindhu said, adding that her best performance this year was reaching the final of the Denmark Superseries Premier.
“Though I won my third title here, my best performance this year was at Denmark. I beat double world champion Carolina Marin, Wang Yihan and Tai Tzu Ying before losing in the final to Li Xuerui. I could have won the title but I was happy as that was the first tournament I played with full fitness,” Sindhu, who had beaten Xuerui at the Worlds in August, said.