Saturday, July 23, 2011

Victor Indonesia open badminton - PV Sindhu storms into finals

16-year old PV Sindhu of India stormed into the finals of the ongoing Victor Indonesia International Challenge 2011 badminton tournament, crushing her opponent in the semi-finals 12th seed Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia by a score of 21-8, 21-12.

She will next play in the final match against the tournament's top seed Fransiska Ratnasari Harisaputra of Indonesia, who defeated fellow Indonesian player Renna Suwarno by a score of 21-18, 21-17 in the other semi-final.
A lot of parallels have been drawn by several experts, between rising junior player PV Sindhu, who reached the quarterfinals of the World Junior badminton championships last year, and India's top badminton player Saina Nehwal, both of whom incidentally train at the same place, the Gopichand badminton academy in Hyderabad.

It may be recalled that Saina Nehwal had won her first senior international title, the Phillipines Open, at the age of 16, and with this march-up to the finals of the Victor Indonesia Open badminton tournament, PV Sindhu today stands close to her second international title win of this year, her first being the Maldives Open in June last month.

However this is easier said than done. Fransiska is currently ranked no. 35 in the badminton world rankings compared to P.V. Sindhu's ranking of 144, and it wont be an easy match for Sindhu and it remains to be seen how she meets the challenge tomorrow on her big day.


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