HYDERABAD: P.V. Sindhu is just one step away from beginning the season on a winning note. The 20-year-old, who packed off top seed Ji Hyun Sung of Korea 21-19, 12-21, 21-10 in the semifinals on Saturday, will face world No.20 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the finals clash of the Malaysia Masters.
Sindhu, who have already won the same title in 2013, is the favourite again this year too to win the $120,000 tournament on Sunday.
Kidambi Srikanth, lost to local shuttler Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 25-27, 9-21. The world No.9 fought hard in the first game could not make it to the match and lost the second game.
Earlier, Sindhu started on a cautious note against Ji. Aware of the Korean’s retrieving capabilities, Sindhu took sometime to get into groove. From 9-11, the Indian raced ahead to 17-11 with an eightpoint burst. However, Ji was in no mood to relent and closed he gap to 19-20 before Sindhu won the big points in the end.
In the second game, Sindhu rallied to adjust to the pace of he bird and committed too many unforced errors. She was there in the game only till the 10th point. But she changed gears in the decider, resorting to her customary attacking game. The move paid off and Sindhu worked her way hitting the lines consistently with effortless ease.
From 3-3, Sindhu broke free with seven consecutive points. Ji was reduced to a mute spectator as her opponent claimed the decider with a huge 11 point margin (21-19). “Excited to reach the final. I started well but lost my way in the second game, making a lot of mistakes. But thankfully I bounced back in the third,” Sindhu told TOI.