Sindhu was a photo of perfection, outclassing in a 40-minute semifinal World No. 3 Chen of China 21-7 21-14.
India’s P.V. Sindhu walked away from an elusive gold medal of the World Championships with a straight-game victory over all-England champion Chen Yu Fei here on Saturday after storming into her third consecutive final.
As she outclassed World No. 3 Chen of China 21-7 21-14 in a 40-minute contest, Sindhu, who had won consecutive silver in the last two editions of the prestigious tournament next to two bronze, was an image of perfection.
Hyderabad’s 24-year-old will face either Thailand’s 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon or Japan’s 2017 summit clash winner Nozomi Okuhara on Sunday.
The initiative was rapidly seized by Olympic silver medalist Sindhu, who entered the game with a 5-3 head-to-head record against Chen. The Indian had a compact match dished out, creating angled yields to push Chen to the corners. Sindhu picked up well and punished her rival’s weak return to dominate the rallies.
After the Chinese walked wide, Sindhu joined the first break with an 11-3 lead.
As she missed the lines, Chen continued to find the going hard, enabling the Indian to collect points at will.
Chen’s other weak yield on the net gave Sindhu up to 14 match points. In her second effort, the Indian then sealed the opening match.
Chen produced a better beginning in the second match and with Sindhu at 3-3 was neck-and-neck, but the mistakes crept back into her match as Sindhu went to a 10-6 lead.
In Chen’s backhand, Sindhu exploited a weakness to lead 11-7 at the breather.
During the rallies, the Indian worked hard, not giving her Chinese rival an inch and was rewarded for her effort. In her despair, Chen committed too many unforced mistakes as Sindhu jumped in a jiffy to a 17-9 lead.
The Indian finally grabbed a cross-court smash of eight match points. Before striking again as long as Sindhu celebrated, Chen saved a pair.