World No.3 PV Sindhu kept the Indian challenge alive in the Dubai Super Series Finals as she beat China’s Chen Yufei in the semi-final on Saturday to set up a summit clash with top seed Akane Yamaguchi. In a match that lasted 58 minutes, Sindhu beat Yufei 21-15, 21-18 with pure aggression and skillful play and also remained unbeaten in the tournament. From the word go, Sindhu was in her element as she maintained a healthy lead throughout the game and denied her opponent’s ploy to throw her off her game. In the first game, Yufei tried clawing back in the contest with beautiful net play mixed with her agility but Sindhu had other plans as she continued to break the Chinese star’s momentum.
In the first set that lasted 24 minutes, Sindhu displayed pure aggression as she breezed through with clean and crisp smashes down the line. At all times in the first game, Sindhu maintained a solid points gap and did not let Yufei gather her momentum. At the break, Sindhu led Yufei 11-10 following which she accelerated and did not look back. China’s Yufei despite her beautiful placements and net play could not counter the Indian shuttler’s reach as the latter picked up the shuttle with ease.