Sindhu wins Swiss Open title

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Commuter Ace Indian PV Sindhu clinched her second women’s singles title of the season with a straight victory over Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan, but HS Prannoy battled in the men’s singles final at the Swiss Open Super badminton tournament on Sunday. 300.

Playing in her second straight final in the tournament, two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu took 49 minutes to edge the fourth-seeded Thailand 21-16 21-8 at St. Jakobshalle.

It was Sindhu’s 16th win over Busanan in 17 encounters, having lost to the Thais only once – at the 2019 Hong Kong Open.

Sindhu had lost to Rio Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain in the final of the last edition.

The 26-year-old from Hyderabad has fond memories of this venue as she won gold at the World Championships in 2019.

Sindhu had won the Syed Modi International Super 300 in Lucknow in January this year.

Super 300 tournaments are the second lowest tier of BWF Tour events.

Sindhu continued her attack to open a 3-0 lead but Busanan started to stay in the rally and produced some good quality shots to make it 7-7.

Busanan tried to pull Sindhu away from the net, sending her across the pitch, but the Thai was erratic in her finishing, allowing the Indian to enter the break with a narrow two-point lead.

Busanan used his letdowns and drop shots to dictate the rallies, but Sindhu relied on his recovery skills to stay ahead.

A pinpoint return from the baseline gave Sindhu four game points and she sealed the opener when Busanan went wide.

Busanan struggled with his length after the switch ends to concede a 0-5 lead early in the second game. Sindhu looked more aggressive as she confused the Thai with her high angle shots to dictate the rallies.

Soaring, the Indian quickly took a decisive nine-point advantage at the break. She kept a firm grip on the game to gallop at 18-4, on her alert upfield play and precise returns.

Busanan continued to hit wide and long to eventually surrender 16 match points to the Indian, who pocketed the game and the match comfortably.

However, Prannoy suffered a 12-21 18-21 loss to Asian Games gold medalist and fourth seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in a 48-minute apex clash to finish second.

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