Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu remained on course for retaining women's singles title as she…
PV Sindhu, India’s second best woman shuttler after Saina Nehwal, has extended her winning streak to 11 matches in 2016 when she triumphed in the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold in Penang on Sunday.
On Sunday, the world No. 12 Sindhu defeated Scotland’s 20th ranked Kirsty Gilmour 21-15 21-9 in a 32-minute encounter in which the Indian was not troubled at all.
The 20-year-old Sindhu became the first women’s singles player to win two Malaysia Masters GPG title in its eight editions following her 2013 victory. The third-seeded also avenged her second-round loss to the Scot in the
French Open Superseries in 2013, which was their only head-to-head clash before the final.
Sindhu entered the Malysian Masters GPG after winning all her six matches in the just-concluded Premier Badminton League though her team, Chennai Smashers, bowed in the semifinals.
“It is a great win and a fantastic start to the season for me. I have been playing well and I was confident of winning ahead of the final. In fact, the semifinal was a tough match and it boosted my confidence,” Sindhu said after the title win.
“I didn’t expect the final to be easy. I had played her long back in 2013 but it was a different match and I am a different player now. I took a lead and didn’t relax and it turned out to be a one-sided match.
“This win has given me a lot of confidence and I hope to do well in the next events, especially at Syed Modi International Badminton Championships (January 26-31), which I am playing next in Lucknow. I will be also playing the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad (February 15-21),” added the two-time World Championships bronze-medallist. Sindhu is third-seeded in next week’s tournament in Lucknow.