Denmark Open 2023:PV Sindhu finishes it off in style.

Former world champion rallies from a game behind to bear Tunjung 18-21, 21-15, 21-13 in Denmark Open.

Oct 19, 2023 - 17:19
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Denmark Open 2023:PV Sindhu finishes it off in style.
PV Sindhu.

From 10-13 down in the deciding game, PV Sindhu went on a stunning run of 11 straight points to win the round of 16 tie against World No 7 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung on Thursday in Odense at the Denmark Open. The Indian finished the match off in style to come back from a game down and win 18-21, 21-15, 21-13 in a 71-minute contest.

In a match that swung like a pendulum, both players had streaks of points across the three games. Game 1 saw Tunjung go into the lead and Sindhu kept fighting back, but eventually couldn’t overhaul the Indonesian. Game 2 saw Sindhu open up a massive lead at 13-4 but the former junior world champion levelled it up at 14-14 before the Indian put together a good run. And then in Game 3, Tunjung opened up an early lead but Sindhu had two good runs, the second one that saw her win 11 unanswered points after the change of ends.

In the opening game, both players engaged in good rallies early on, with a 32-shot exchange setting the tempo for what was to follow. Sindhu was expectedly tested at the net by the crafty Indonesian, as she had done earlier this year. Her deception in the drops and half slices made it hard for Sindhu on defence, but the Indian was up for it on Thursday. However, Sindhu made far too many errors as Tunjung took the lead.

It would go down as one of Sindhu’s better wins of 2023, as she continues to show signs of returning to her best after brief glimpses in Hangzhou and Finland.She will now face the winner of India’s Aakarshi Kashyap vs Thailand’s Supanida Katethong in the quarterfinals.

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