Arctic Open PV Sindhu Secures Semi-Final Spot with a 3-Set Victory Over Thuy Linh Nguyen

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Arctic Open PV Sindhu Secures Semi-Final Spot with a 3-Set Victory Over Thuy Linh Nguyen

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PV Sindhu, the sole Indian contender, advances to the semi-finals at the Arctic Open badminton tournament.

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Celebrated Indian shuttler PV Sindhu secured a spot in the semi-finals following a hard-fought victory over Vietnam’s Thuy Linh Nguyen in the women’s singles quarter-finals at the Vantaa Energia Areena in Finland. Overcoming the world No. 26 player, Sindhu triumphed in three closely contested games, concluding 20-22, 22-20, and 21-18. The closely fought encounter mirrored Sindhu’s previous triumph over Thuy Linh Nguyen during her win at the Singapore Open championship last year.

The outcomes of the Arctic Open 2023, classified as a BWF Super 500 event, will contribute to the qualifying rankings for the Paris 2024 Olympics, as stated by Olympics.com.

Contrary to their earlier encounters, PV Sindhu initiated an aggressive play style, swiftly putting Thuy Linh Nguyen on the defensive. Although the Vietnamese player closed in at 5-4, Sindhu swiftly regained momentum, establishing an 11-4 lead before the first break.

Initially poised to secure the first game, Sindhu faced resilient opposition from Thuy Linh Nguyen, ultimately leading to a level score of 17-all, from which Thuy Linh Nguyen clinched the game.

Taking an early 9-5 lead in the second game, Thuy Linh Nguyen maintained a four-point advantage, exerting control over the match. However, Sindhu rallied back, leveling the game at 18-all. Despite Nguyen’s tenacious performance, Sindhu propelled the match into a decisive third game.

Beginning the third game with a strong offensive approach, Sindhu secured an 11-8 lead at the break. Extending her advantage, she maintained a five-point lead, although Thuy Linh Nguyen valiantly saved three match points before Sindhu ultimately sealed victory after an intense 91-minute encounter.

In the current BWF World Tour season, Sindhu has participated in 14 tournaments, attaining one final, two semifinal berths, and two quarterfinal positions. Regrettably, the remaining tournaments resulted in disappointing early exits. Notably, her last tournament win was at the Singapore Open last year, and she recently fell short of securing a medal at the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

PV Sindhu remains the last Indian hope at the ongoing Arctic Open badminton tournament.

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Reference:

https://sports.ndtv.com/badminton/arctic-open-pv-sindhu-beats-thuy-linh-nguyen-in-3-sets-enters-semi-finals-4480076

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