By:- Hemant Gaur
Chennai Smashers marquee player P.V. Sindhu`s brilliance pips Ahmedabad Smash Masters 2-1 in a Premier Badminton League (PBL) clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Saturday.
As the home team superstar and Olympic 2016 silver medallist Sindhu defeated world No.1 women`s singles player Tai Tzu Ying 15-11, 10-15, 15-12 to pull Chennai level 1-1.
“It was a great win and I feel I did extremely well to beat Tai Tzu. She played very well and I am really happy to have won the match. The crowd was extremely motivating and their support helped me a lot in getting this win,” Sindhu said after the match.
She also added, “The crowd was extremely motivating and their support helped me a lot in getting this win”.
Chennai who is languishing at the bottom of the table, need a win to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.
Sindhu’s win was a huge win for Chennai as they were 0-1 down in the tie and her loss would have put them in a very tough position but the world no.3 Indian Shuttler did not disappoint.
World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying, who has been invicible so far having beaten Awadhi Warrior’s Saina Nehwal in the last match, started from where she left.
She was literally unplayable and deceived Sindhu with her clever drops. She raced to an 8-5 lead and it looked like she would close the game without much of a competition from the Indian.
However, after the break Sindhu heavily strapped on the right thigh looked a different player as she switched gears to eventually seize the momentum and go up in the match.
However, Sindhu won three straight points to send the jam packed stadium into a euphoric mood.