PV Sindhu takes Swiss Open title

Basel: Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu secured her second women’s singles title of the season with a straight-game win over Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the top match of the Swiss Open Super 300 badminton tournament here on Sunday.

Sindhu, a double Olympic medalist, played her second consecutive final in the tournament, taking 49 minutes to beat the fourth-seeded Thai 21-16 21-8 in St. Jakobshalle here.

It was Sindhu’s 16th win over Busanan in 17 encounters, having lost to the Thai just once – at the 2019 Hong Kong Open.

Sindhu had lost in the final of the last edition to Rio Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain.

The 26-year-old from Hyderabad has fond memories of this venue, having won the 2019 World Championships gold.

Sindhu had won the Syed Modi International Super 300 in Lucknow in January this year.

Super 300 tournaments are the second lowest tier of BWF Tour events.

Sindhu continued her charge to open up a 3-0 lead but Busanan started to stay in the rallies and she produced some good quality shots to make it 7-7.

Busanan tried to hold Sindhu away from the net, sending her across the field, but the Thai was erratic in her finish, leading the Indian into halftime with a narrow two-point lead.

Busanan used her trickery and drop shots to dictate the rallies, but Sindhu relied on her retrieval skills to stay ahead.

A precise return to the backline gave Sindhu four game points and she sealed the first game when Busanan went wide.

Busanan struggled with her height after the camp switch to allow a 0-5 lead early in the second game. Sindhu looked more aggressive as she harassed the Thai with her sharp corner shots to dictate the rallies.

In full flow, the Indian quickly rode to a decisive nine point advantage at the break. She held on tight for the match and galloped to 18-4, riding on her alert frontcourt attack and precise knockbacks.

Busanan kept hitting wide and long to eventually hand 16 match points to the Indian, who comfortably pocketed the game and the match.

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