Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu struggled past Malaysian Goh Wei Jin in the women’s singles quarter-finals to stay on track for a first-ever individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday. Sindhu, a former world champion, recorded a come-from-behind 19-21 21-14 21-18 victory over Goh, ranked 60th, to enter her third consecutive semifinals at the Commonwealth Games. However, young Aakarshi Kashyap’s CWG debut ended with a 10-21 7-21 defeat to Scottish Kristy Gilmour, a silver and bronze medalist in the 2014 and 2018 editions respectively.
Sindhu, who had won bronze and silver in the past two editions, looked a little shaky against Goh, whom she had beaten in two tight matches in the mixed team championship final.
Goh’s attacking prowess was once again on display as she made the Indian work hard in the opening match.
The 27-year-old from Hyderabad had a two-point cushion in the middle of the game, but Goh managed to turn the tables with her better play in the second half of the first game to take a 1-0 lead in the second half of the game. contest.
However, a hugely experienced Sindhu quickly bounced back as the duo put together some fantastic rallies, with the Indian managing to take a three point lead at the break.
Sindhu, the world No. 7, extended her lead to 19-14 and soon roared back into the match.
The decider saw some exciting rallies with the duo going neck-and-neck to 6-6. Sindhu managed to take an 8-6 lead, but Goh quickly grabbed three points to turn the tables.
The Indian managed to get rid of a short return from Goh to take a slender lead of one point at half time.
While Goh played some exceptional shots, including a body smash, Sindhu focused on making her opponent move across the field and used her repertoire of punches to achieve that.
Sindhu tried to get into good positions to open up multiple options for her stroke play. She soon led 15-11 as Goh looked frustrated, flat on the ground.
The Indian held the rallies tight, while Goh looked tired with her return and appeared to have lost the sting.
In the end, Sindhu took three match points and converted in her second attempt, much to the delight of the Indian fans in the NEC Hall.
Topics mentioned in this article