Match: PV Sindhu v Sun Yu
Date: 20 November, Sunday
Time: 1:40pm SGT/11:10am IST/5:40am GMT
Venue: Haixia Olympic Sport Center, Fuzhou
Competition: China Open Superseries 2016
TV Channel: In Singapore, there is no live coverage of the final match.
PV Sindhu takes on Sun Yu in the Women's singles final of the 2016 China Open Superseries badminton in Fuzhou on 20 November, gunning for her first China Superseries title in a glittering career capped by the Olympic silver medal this year. As Sindhu faces off against Chinese shuttler Sun Yu, the burden of expectations is on the Indian as fans back home hopes she can win laurels in the absence of Saina Nehwal who failed to advance in the tournament.
The Rio Olympic silver medallist survived a marathon battle in the semi-final on Saturday against South Korean shuttler Ji Hyun Sung. The sixth seed got off to a good start against the Indian shuttler and capitalised on it by taking the first game 21-11 in just 17 minutes.
Weathering another bad start, the seventh seed Sindhu came back from behind and even saved three match points to clinch the second game 23-21 with a smash along the line. The third game was another closely-fought battle between the two shutters.
However, Hyun Sung looked worn out while Sindhu was able to maintain her intensity and seal the match 11-21, 23-21, 21-9 to book a spot in the final, which is also her maiden title match appearance in a Superseries tournament.
Sindhu, who had faced second round exits in the Superseries tournaments - Denmark and France - after her dream run at the Rio Games, has looked a class apart in the ongoing tournament. The 21-year-old Indian shuttler outclassed in-form opponents Beiwen Zhang and He Bingjiao en route to the ultimate clash.
While Sindhu looks primed to win her maiden Superseries title in China on Sunday, she faces a threat from local shuttler Sun Yu, who disposed off Taiwanese fifth seed Tai Tzu Ying in straight games in her semi-final battle.
The 22-year-old Chinese shuttler failed to cross the final hurdle at the Japan Open earlier this year and has consistently been reaching the final stages of the badminton tournaments in the ongoing season. She would want to go one step further tomorrow in front of her home crowd.
While Sun, who has not lost a single game in the China Open 2016, holds a 3-2 head-to-head advantage over Sindhu, the two shuttlers last met two years ago at the Swiss Open. However, an improved Sindhu, who is looking confident after achieving one of the biggest milestones of her career, looks favourite to put one across the Chinese shuttler on Sunday.
India: Star Sports 4