Sindhu beats He Bing Jiao before bowing out of World Tour Finals

PV Sindhu beats He Bing Jiao 21-19, 21-19 in straight games to end her winless run at the 2019 BWF World Tour Finals.

By Subhayan Dutta ·

India's PV Sindhu defeated He Bing Jiao of China at the BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou in a thrilling contest that saw the Indian emerge victorious 21-19, 21-19.

However, with both shuttlers losing their first two group stage matches to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and China’s Chen Yu Fei, neither advance to the semi final stage.

PV Sindhu's cagey start

Sindhu got off to an erratic start with her returns and drives falling wayward, giving Bing Jiao an 8-4 in the first game. Bing Jiao continued to keep the Indian under pressure and took an 11-6 at the mid-game break.

The Chinese shuttler looked unstoppable and opened up an 18-9 lead and seemingly had the first game in the bag. However, a few loose shots from Bing Jiao turned the tide of the contest as Sindhu exploited the opening on offer, winning 10 straight points and taking a 19-18 lead in the first game. 

The Indian made no further mistakes and took the first game 21-19, much to the frustration of Bing Jiao.

A sniff was that India's PV Sindhu needed to get back to winning ways.

Riding the momentum

In the second game, a confident Sindhu played the role of the aggressor and took no time to build an 11-6 lead. She maintained her advantage and took an 18-12 lead, closing in on a win, however, much like the first game, a few unforced errors, this time from Sindhu, gave Bing Jiao four straight points and cut the Indian's lead to just two.

The Indian, though, held her nerve and played the next couple of points with caution, before finishing the contest with a couple of convincing smashes to win the contest and end her BWF Tour Finals campaign on a high.