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PV Sindhu's projected path to Indonesia Open 2024 final

Published at :June 5, 2024 at 10:31 AM
Modified at :June 5, 2024 at 10:31 AM
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Ansh Garg

PV Sindhu begin her campaign against Taiwan’s Hsu Wen-chi at Indonesia Open 2024.

Indian badminton star PV Sindhu has been showing glimpses of a return to form in 2024, ahead of the Paris Olympics. Last month, the two-time Olympic medalist defeated world No. #7 Han Yue of China in the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters. In the finals of the tournament, Sindhu lost to Wang Zhi Yi, but in her defense, all her previous three matches had gone to the wire, and the exhaustion was visible in the third game.

In Sindhu’s last tournament, she lost to Carolina Marin in a close third game, having had the lead for most of that game in the first round. Interestingly, Sindhu might again clash against Marin in her second-round match at the Indonesia Open 2024.

Thus, without further ado, let’s take a look at PV Sindhu’s projected path to the 2024 Indonesia Open final:

First round: Hsu Wen-chi

Hsu Wen-chi from Taiwan would be Sindhu’s first opponent in the tournament. She is currently ranked 26th in the world. Last week, Hsu Wen-chi troubled the world number #1, An Se-young, winning the first set against her and only losing 21-19 in the decider at Singapore Open 2024. Her recent form could cause Sindhu some problems, however, the Tokyo bronze medallist would be the clear favourite here.

Second round: Carolina Marin

In the second round, Sindhu is likely to face a formidable opponent in Carolina Marin, a former World No. #1 and Rio Olympic gold medallist. Marin is known for her aggressive style of play and powerful shots. She has had intense battles with Sindhu in the past, making their potential matchup a highly anticipated one. Sindhu would be looking to avenge her second-round loss in the Singapore Open last week against Marin.

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Quarter-final: Han Yue

Currently ranked #7 in the world, China’s Han Yue could be Sindhu’s potential opponent in the quarterfinals. However, Han Yue had a bad tournament last week, losing to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in straight games in the second round of the Singapore Open.

She would be looking to avenge her quarter-final loss to Sindhu in the Malaysia Masters that was held last month. However, given her recent performances against Han Yue and an overall head-to-head advantage, Sindhu would have an edge.

Semi-final: Akane Yamaguchi or Chen Yufei

While the path to the semifinals is not easy, the real battle would be in the semifinals where Sindhu could face the world number #5 Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, or China’s Chen Yufei, the world number #2. A potential clash with either of these players would test Sindhu’s skills and mental fortitude as she vies for a spot in the final.

Final: An Se-young

The world number 1, An Se-young would likely be Sindhu’s final opponent. An Se-young is in good form lately, having won the Singapore Open title just last week. She defeated the world number #2 Chen Yufei in the finals. Hence, Sindhu would have to bring her A-game into play to overcome a formidable opponent in An Se-young.

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