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PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi to enter second successive World Championship final

Sindhu, who had finished runners-up at the Glasgow edition last year, notched up a superb 21-16 24-22 win over world number two Yamaguchi.

Reported by: PTI, New Delhi [ Published on: August 04, 2018 20:16 IST ]
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PV Sindhu celebrates her victory in China

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu claimed a second successive World Championships final spot after seeing off a fighting Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in straight games at the women's singles semifinals in Nanjing, China, on Saturday.

Sindhu, who had finished runners-up at the Glasgow edition last year after losing to another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, notched up a superb 21-16 24-22 win over world number two Yamaguchi in a 54-minute hard-fought match.

Ahead of the match, Sindhu had a 6-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, who had defeated the Indian in big-ticket events such as All England Championship this year and Dubai Superseries Final last year.

The duo faced off twice this year with each registering a win.

The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who also won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014, will face Olympic champion and former two-time gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain tomorrow.

Marin had robbed Sindhu off a gold medal at the Rio Olympics after defeating the Indian in the summit clash.

Overall, Marin has a 6-5 advantage over Sindhu, who had beaten the Spaniard in their last encounter at the Malaysia Open in June.

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