Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu finally broke her jinx against world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying with a come-from-behind win in a thriller, while Sameer Verma outclassed Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto at the World Tour Finals here Thursday.
After six successive losses in 13 meetings, Sindhu got the better of her nemesis, Tzu Ying of Chinese, Taipei 14-21, 21-16, 21-18 in a Group A match that lasted a little over an hour.
World No. 14 Sameer, who qualified for the tournament at the last moment after defending his title at the Syed Modi International last month, dished out a dominating performance to best the 10th ranked Sugiarto 21-16, 21-7 in a 40-minute Group B clash.
The 24-year-old Indian had lost the opening match against world No.1 and world champion Kento Momota.
Sindhu, who had finished runners-up in the last edition, gave ample display of her grit as she bounced back from game down and erased a 6-11 deficit in the final game to record her first win over Asian Games champion Tzu Ying since the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In the second game, Sindhu jumped to 6-3 with her rival missing the lines time and again.
Tzu Ying tried to stage a comeback but Sindhu managed to extend her five-point advantage, moving to 17-12.
Tzu Ying saved two before serving out as Sindhu took the match to the decider.
In the final game, Tzu Ying led 3-0 early after Sindhu wnt long twice. After the last change of ends, Sindhu made it 11-12 before Tzu Ying unleashed a body smash. But three unforced errors saw the Indian wrest back the lead, moving to 16-13 quickly.
In the men’s singles, Sameer, who had come into the tournament with a 1-1 head-to-head record against Sugiarto, looked comfortable the Indonesian as his sharp game made life difficult for his opponent.
From Online Sources