Local favourite He Bing Jiao stretched her dominance over Indian ace PV Sindhu as she advanced to the last four stage in the ongoing China Open World Tour Super 750 on Friday. Sindhu presented a brilliant challenge against a stubborn Chinese but failed to keep her nerves in check during the crucial moments which tilted the result in favour of her opponent. With this loss, Sindhu has crashed out of China Open after losing quarterfinal clash against Bing Jiao 17-21, 21-17, 15-21.
Despite starting on a strong note, the Indian shuttler kept losing points in the big moments which didn’t help her cause against China’s Bing Jiao. In the third set, Bing Jiao claimed three points on the trot, the last of which came from an unforced error from Sindhu as she suffered a major loss of concentration.
With this win, Bing Jiao has extended her head-to-head record against Sindhu. In the 13 meeting on the circuit so far, the Chinese have won eight matches, while the lanky Indian shuttler managed to eke out victories five times.
It is Bingjiao’s ability to take the shots early, mixed with her deceptive strokes that troubled Sindhu. Also in Fuzhou, Sindhu looked a little passive, not taking much initiative to make the best out of her attacking prowess.
Sindhu began the match with a very positive intent and on the up by taking a massive 5-1 lead over Bingjiao. Bingjiao tried to twist and turn Sindhu with her strokes but the Indian anticipated well and showed good court movement to cover her ground to take an 8-3 lead. However, Bingjiao stormed right back in the contest with some well-constructed rallies to level at 9-9 even as Sindhu went into the break with an 11-9 lead. Bingjiao took both the points after the break to make it 11-11 but Sindhu replied with a brilliant net shot to make it 12-11. The net shot was so delightful and so tight that it was almost impossible to pick.
Sindhu then brought her attacking abilities to play for the first time in the match when she powerfully smashed down the line to make it 13-11. However, Sindhu’s overall passivity cost her as Bingjiao managed to take early strokes, force mistakes out of Sindhu and for the first time in the match took a 15-14 lead.
Bingjiao did not give an inch to Sindhu after that, even winning a 39-shot rally to make it 18-15. Sindhu tried to fight back but Bingjiao took the first game 21-17 in 22 minutes.
The second game began a bit more tightly tied at 4-4 but Sindhu took control thereafter and went into the break with an 11-7 lead. Sindhu kept trying to force Bingjiao on the backcourt but was still refraining from being on the attacking forefront much.
After the break, Sindhu managed to hold on to her lead and kept within the line to take the second game 21-17 in 22 minutes to force a decider. The decider had a disastrous beginning for Sindhu as Bingjiao took an early control on the proceedings and carved out excellent strokes to go into the break with an 11-6 lead. Sindhu seemed to have no answers to Bingjiao’s quick and responsive game as Sindhu still could not manage to bring her attacking abilities into play.
Later in the day, Kidambi Srikanth will be up against Denmark Open winner Chou Tien Chen while men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be up against former world No.1 Mohammad Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan.