Speed is a new weapon in Sindhu’s arsenal, and it will be interesting to see what gear she hits against the next few opponents. Yamaguchi has seldom been comfortable when faced with this sort of aggression. Sindhu can wing it tactically against the likes of Chen Yufei too, if she continues to thwack as she did today.
The second set went more of the same, but in hyper-drive. And the acceleration, post the interval, was so brutal that by the time the Chinese crossed into double digits, Sindhu was staring at the finish line. With no last minute hiccups built into the play.
Traditionally a slow starter, and someone prone to wobbles in finishing, Sindhu had no time for either on Wednesday. A Chinese accounted for is always good news in Sindhu’s tournament order of play, ever since she nicked her first World Championship bronze, packing off a bunch of them in 2013. The road ahead brings the winner of Supanida Katethong or Japanese Sayaka Takahashi, and a further faceoff with Akane Yamaguchi and Chen Yufei.metasports
She celebrated with a tight pumped fist, but didn’t dwell on it much, because the next ambush had to be effected on the Chinese who was taken aback by the pace. Wang was narrowing the gap, but at no point did she look like she could threaten and overhaul Sindhu. Her points were punctuations between two Sindhu whirlwinds. Rallies went long, but didn’t look protracted, and much of this was owing to Sindhu being in peak physical condition to hungrily gulp striding space on the court.