Vastavam web: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu progressed to the quarterfinals of the All England Championship with a hard-fought win over Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol in women’s singles, here.The world No 3 Indian recovered from a mid-way slump to overcome the Thai shuttler 21-13 13-21 21-18 in a match which lasted an hour and seven minutes.”I definitely need to improve. I am happy to pull off a tough match. I hope I would go back , recover and come back stronger tomorrow. I am not thinking too much about the tournament. Most probably, it would be (Nozomi) Okuhura or the Indonesian, so lets see who I play,” Sindhu said after the match.
“She is not an easy player. She gave away easy points initially and after winning the first game, it was not easy as there were long rallies. She has got good strokes,” Sindhu added.The Indian kept the shuttle in play, pushing Jindapol to the corners and returning the shuttles with immaculate ease early on.
In the first game, the duo split the initial six points before Sindhu jumped to a 7-3 lead after winning a long rally. Sindhu played a brilliant backhand return to move to 8-3 and eventually entered the interval with another precise stroke at the back of the court.In the second game, Jindapol anticipated better and seemed more attacking in her approach and quickly opened up a 7-3 lead with a straight smash.
Sindhu hit wide and also miscued a backhand return. Jindapol used a reverse slice and dominated the rally next to zoom to a 11-3 advantage at the break.
Jindapol played an exceptional wristy deceptive return at the net and was all pumped up as she added more power in her strokes. Sindhu too looked to step up the pace of the rallies and narrowed the gap to 10-14.Sindhu closed the gap to 13-17 with three straight points with some precise returns. A bad judgement and two successive wide shots from Sindhu gave Jindapol seven game points and she sealed it with a smash to roar back into the contest.
Sindhu looked more focused in the decider as she pumped herself with each point, moving to a 3-0 lead.Jindapol exploited Sindhu’s weak backhand but made a few unforced errors as Sindhu moved to 8-5. Jindapol kept the pressure on and narrowed down the lead to 7-8.Jindapol erased the deficit quickly after enjoying another lucky net chord and grabbed the lead when Sindhu couldn’t put away a return.
Jindapol moved to a 15-12 lead after Sindhu erred in her cross court return. The Thai unleashed a precise return to gain another point but she found the tape next.Sindhu produced an onrushing return at the back and then unleashed a couple of roaring smashes to make it 16-16.”Till the last point, I fought and finally won 21-18. I was just thinking about the next point as I was trailing and I had to remain focussed on each point. I could have played more patiently in the decider when I was 12-16. I made too many unforced errors there.”
Last night, HS Prannoy dished out a gritty performance to outwit eighth seeded Chou Tien Chen 9-21 21-18 21-18 to enter the men’s singles second round. The world no. 16 Prannoy will face Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto next.