BWF: Sindhu to face Yamaguchi in title clash

AGENCIES DUBAI, 16th Dec:

Rio Olympics silver-medallist PV Sindhu on Saturday entered the title round of the women’s singles in the USD one million Dubai Superseries Finals after beating Chen Yufei of China in the semi-finals on Saturday.

World No. 3 Sindhu beat Chen, ranked eighth, 21-15, 21-18 in a 58-minute contest at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium here.

The Indian will now meet world number two and top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the summit clash of the high-profile season-ending tournament on Sunday.

Yamaguchi had beaten Ratchanok of Intanon of Thailand 17-21, 21-12, 21-19 in the first semifinals earlier in the day.

Sindhu had entered the semifinals with an unbeaten record, having got the better of all her three opponents in Group A.

She has been in fine form this season, having clinched two Super Series titles before winning a silver at the World Championship.

In the men's doubles semifinals, Indonesian duo Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo needed three sets (21-10, 18-21, 21-16) to win over Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda from Japan within one hour and three minutes.

"Marcus and Kevin are national heroes in my country. It is really great to see them here in Dubai where I work and live with my family," said badminton fan Luke S. who went to Dubai's iconic Hamdan Sports Complex to watch the semifinals.

The team Gideon/Sakumuljo will encounter China's Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan, the champions of the 2017 Danisa Denmark Open, in the men's doubles final on Sunday. Liu/Zhang won in two sets 21-17, 21-16 against Denmark's Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen, the London 2012 Olympics silver medalists.


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