PV Sindhu vs Hee Bing Jiao: Star Indian shuttler reach semi-finals of 2022 Badminton Asia Championship

With this 21-9, 13-21, 21-19 win, on Friday, the 26-year-old shuttler assured herself of a medal in the continental championships.

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu; Credit: Twitter/@BAI_Media

Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated China’s He Bing Jiao 21-9, 13-21, 21-19, on Friday, to reach the semi-finals of Badminton Asia Championships 2022, in Manila. With this win, the 26-year-old assured herself of a medal in the continental championships, which is making a return after a gap of two years because of COVID-19. The fourth seeded Indian, who had won a bronze in the 2014 edition in Gimcheon got the better of the Chinese in a quarter-final match that lasted an hour and 16 minutes. World number seven Sindhu came into the match with a 7-9 head-to-head record against Bing Jiao, whom she had beaten twice in the last two meetings. 

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Sindhu dominates first game

The two-time Olympic medalist started the match positively and raced to a massive 11-2 lead . She made excellent use of the angles, produced powerful smashes and some unforced errors from Bing jiao made it easier for the Indian. Sindhu was playing very aggressively, her body smashes won her a point were too hot to handle. A precise cross-court smash from Sindhu made the score 17-7. It wasn’t just about the power as an excellent deception from Sindhu made it 19-7 before finishing the set with a sensational play and taking the first game 21-9 in just 13 minutes. 

Bing Jiao’s comeback 

The Chinese shuttler made a stupendous comeback to win the second game and send the match into the decider. Both shuttlers were fighting hard and it was neck-and-neck as the score was 10-11 going into the break. But then, Sindhu was pushed to the back foot, committed way too many errors and Bing Jiao raced to a 18-11 lead before pocketing the second set with ease. World number 9 Bing Jiao’s defence was superb and she was all over the place. 

Sindhu bought her A-game back

Meanwhile, Sindhu brought her A-game back in the third game. It was 2-2 early on but Sindhu unleashed her cross-court smashes to gather points, moving to a massive 11-5 lead going into the final change of ends. Jiao wasn’t willing to go down easily as she narrowed down the deficit to 15-16. Sindhu kept attacking with body smashes before grabbing four match points. Although Bing Jiao saved two match points to stay in contention, an unforced error made sure Sindhu get over the line in a hard-fought encounter at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.



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