PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi to set up final with Marin

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PV Sindhu of India reacts after defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in their women’s single semi final match during the badminton World Championships in Nanjing, Jiangsu province on August 4, 2018. (AFP)

Nanjing (China), August 4: PV Sindhu rallied brilliantly to storm into the final of World Championship with a thrilling 21-16, 24-22 victory over Japanese Akane Yamaguchi in Nanjing, China, on Saturday.
In a repeat of Rio Olympics final, third-seeded Sindhu will meet Carolina Marin in the title contest on Sunday. Two-time World Carolina Marin defeated sixth-seed Chinese He Bingjiao 13-21, 21-16, 21-13 in a marathon match. Marin has been laid low by injuries after her 2016 Rio Olympics gold but played brilliantly to reach the final.
Sindhu, who had defeated Nozomi Okuhara on Friday, was trailing in both games but made stunning recovery to make it to her second successive final at the World Championship.
Coming into the match, Sindhu had a 6-4 advantage against Yamaguchi but had lost to her at the All England semi-finals. It was Sindhu’s time to set the record straight.
It was Yamaguchi who showed intent in the beginning as she raced to a 5-0 lead. But Sindhu bounced back to draw close to 4-7. The ace Indian was working her opponent around the court and was quick to bring out her attacking strokes at the slightest of opportunity. Yamaguchi had a slender lead of 11-8 in the break, but Sindhu came out all firing after that. (HT)