Malaysia Masters: Sindhu comes from behind to reach final | Sports News

KUALA LUMPUR: Double Olympic champion PV Sindhu came from behind to beat Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrumpang in the women’s singles final of the Malaysia Masters on Saturday to book her place in the final and earn a shot at winning.

Fifth seed Sindhu, who has not won a title in two years, came close to winning the BWF World Tour Super 500 semi-final at Axiata Arena when she defeated world number 20 Busanan 13-21, 21-16, 21-12 in a marathon 88-minute match.

Sindhu won the Singapore Open in 2022 and was runner-up at the Madrid Spain Masters last year.

This was his 18th victory over Busanan, who has previously beaten the Indian just once, at the 2019 Hong Kong Open.

Sindhu, ranked 15th in the world and aiming to win her third Olympic medal at the Paris Games two months from now, will face China’s Wang Zhiyi, the second seed and world number seven, in a showdown.

Sindhu lost to Wang at last year’s Arctic Open but has beaten the Chinese player twice in their three meetings since.

Sindhu, who has won silver and bronze medals in the last two Olympics, has struggled to find form since returning from a knee injury earlier this season but appeared rejuvenated this week, displaying some attacking badminton.

It has been a long time since Sindhu beat strong players such as Carolina Marin, Tai Tzu Ying, Chen Yufei and Akane Yamaguchi, who are expected to face her at the Olympics.

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