PV Sindhu escapes another scare to reach the semifinals of Malaysian Masters 500

PV Sindhu

In a thrilling quarterfinal match at the Malaysia Masters 2024, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu emerged victorious against top seed Han Yue from China. The match, which lasted an hour, saw Sindhu display her exceptional skills and determination, winning 21-13, 14-21, 21-12.

PV Sindhu’s dream run continues at Malaysian Masters 500

Sindhu, currently ranked 15th in the world, started the match on a high note, clinching the first game 21-13. She managed to secure five consecutive points to win the first game from a 16-13 lead. However, Han Yue, the world number 6, made a strong comeback in the second game. She opened up a 15-3 lead at one point, and despite Sindhu’s best efforts to close the gap, the initial deficit proved too much, and the Indian shuttler lost the second game 14-21.

In the final game, Sindhu took an early lead, scoring 9-1, and maintained her dominance throughout the game. Despite the pressure and the high stakes, Sindhu kept her composure, eventually winning the decider 21-12. This victory secured her a spot in the semifinals, marking her first entry into the BWF tour’s semifinals this year.

Sindhu’s victory over Han Yue is particularly significant given her recent performance. Having skipped the Thailand Open and Uber Cup earlier this year, Sindhu has had her fair share of ups and downs. She made a return to the court in February after an injury layoff. This win against a top-seeded player is a strong indication of Sindhu’s return to form and her readiness to compete at the highest level.

Looking ahead, Sindhu will face the world No. 20 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the semifinals. A win in the Malaysia Masters will not only boost her confidence but also improve her world ranking. Sindhu is looking to win her first BWF World Tour title since winning the Singapore Open back in 2022.

As the Paris Olympics are just around the corner, Sindhu’s performance in the Malaysia Masters is being closely watched. Prior to the quadrennial event, Sindhu will train in Germany after the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’ Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) approves her request. Winning the Malaysia Masters will undoubtedly be a significant morale booster for Sindhu as she prepares for the upcoming Olympics.

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