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    Sindhu is entered in the Dutch Open, and her first round match strat tomorrow, against 22 ranked (and 4th seed) Gu Juan of Singapore. It promises to be a very interesting match-up for Sindhu, and if she has been able to acclimatize herself to the conditions by now, she has an even chance of winning this round, even though she is curently ranked 76.

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    Sindhu made short work of Gu Juan in round 1, taking the match in straight games 21-12, 21-19. Her next opponent will be Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands, ranked 55 in the BWF rankings. But so far, Sindhu has shown scant respect for all that ranking stuff...

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    ...and Sindhu is now through to the Semi-finals, having accounted for 45-ranked Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland!

    Her next opponent is in a different class. Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand is ranked 11 in the world, and is the top seed at this tournament. She will be looking to make Sindhu bend and scamper and get Sindhu into a tangle at the net; but Sindhu has the reach and the speed and guile, and she can make a match out of this.

    Porntip is very steady and consistent. Sindhu will need to take her out of her comfort zone, if she wants to beat her much-experienced opponent. Go, Sindhu!!!!! :

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    Gah! This girl just chews up seeds and spits them out!!!

    Sindhu just took out #1 seeded Porntip in the semis of the Dutch Open, in 3 games. 21-14, 15-21, 21-13 to go through to the finals. Interestingly, the overall match stats show that Sindhu was the more steady player, not over-relying on any one weapon but choosing her moments and weapons to best effect. Well done, Sindhu!!!!!

    Its not over yet. One last hurdle remains in the form of the local favourite, #2 seed Jie Yao of the Netherlands who has a BWF ranking of 19 to Sindhu's 76. Of course, that 76 will change pretty soon...

    These 2 players have never met before, but should have had time to study each other's game. Jie Yao has been playing a bit more consistently than Sindhu, with only one 3-game match (round of 32) as opposed to Sindhu, who has had 2 3-setters in this tournament. But then again, Sindhu had stronger opponents to deal with...

    So the finals appear to be quite evenly balanced. Jie Yao is marginally fitter and fresher than Sindhu, and is the more experienced of the two. But it is Sindhu who has had more testing matches and should be better prepared as a result.

    GO, SINDHU!!!!

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    Yonex Dutch Open Yao Jie keeps Dutch hopes alive
    15 October 2011

    http://www.badmintoneurope.com/news_item.aspx?id=54563

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    Not many people will be used to hearing the name of P.V Sindhu within the realms of International badminton. That is sure to change after today as the tall 16 year old Indian ended the title hopes of world number 11 Porntip Buranaprasertsuk and announced her introduction to world badminton in emphatic style.

    Sindhu has been impressive this week in The Netherlands but all the time was expected to lose at some point on her journey to todays semi final. Even coming on court today many expected her much higher ranked opponent to be the one to put a stop to the run of the ever smiling Indian.

    While most of the gather full house expected the Indian to fight hard and put up a good performance not many expected her to pull of the shock win like she did. The Indian steamrolled Porntip in the first game practically leading from start to finish taking the set 21-14 but the shy Thai came back in the second after finding a kink in the Indian armour to level with a 21-15 win.

    At this stage many still expected Porntip to build on her second set momentum and stroll into the final in the deciding set but a certain Indian never lost faith and it was clear by the mid game interval that Porntip was going to have to fight all the way for victory.

    At 13-12 ahead in the deciding game the Indian found an overdrive gear and blasted her opponent off the court with a run of six points to take a 19-12 lead. At this point the writing was on the wall for the top seed and Sindhu closed out the match 21-13 to advance to tomorrows finals.

    I came into this match with no pressure at all. I felt really relaxed and felt positive on court. I really focused well on what I had to do and what I needed to achieve and it all worked out well for me. I knew then in the third game when I got to 19-12 that I would go on and win the match as I really believed in my game plan and strategy
    said a happy Sindhu to Badminton Europe TV

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    Sindhu falters in final

    HYDERABAD, October 17, 2011
    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper...cle2544174.ece

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    P.V. Sindhu's dreams of winning her maiden Grand Prix final were dashed when second-seeded and World No. 19 Jie Yao of the Netherlands scored a 21-16, 21-17 win in the 47- minute final of the Yonex Dutch Open Grand Prix badminton championship on Sunday evening, according to information received here.

    ...“It was a disappointing end but at the same time a huge learning experience,” the young shuttler told her parents after the loss. “If only I had won the first game, may be the story would have been different,” she felt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    ...“It was a disappointing end but at the same time a huge learning experience,” the young shuttler told her parents after the loss. “If only I had won the first game, may be the story would have been different,” she felt.
    Or, the second set :-)

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    Lightbulb Dutch Final 2011

    Second game was better. First game looked like it sliped even before PVS got her touch. Jie Yao looked composed atleast during rallies but Shuttle change tactic was a fun all along. Experience crossed the line. Welcome aboard PVS!

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    Not a bad effort from Sindhu. Could have put Yao Jie in the ropes in the 2nd game - but just too impatient. Always a bane, the uncontrolled energy of youth ........

    Very good powerful strokes, in fact better than Saina Nehwal at that age, although Saina is the better mover. Sindhu plays more to the tune of tall power players like Tine Baun.

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    I wish we fans could watch more of Sindhu by way of telecasts or movies posted on Youtube.

    Her next stop is the Swiss International 2011, where her first match is on October 21 against a qualifier, 3 days from now.
    If she gets through, the next round will be against Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands, who she beat recently in the Dutch Open.

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    Sindhu with her loot in a group pic at the Commonwealth Youth Games 2011
    The others are the medal winners from the Indian badminton team at the CWYG.

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    Thumbs up Sindhu wins Swiss International

    Sindhu just won the Swiss International tournament knocking out higher ranked players such as - Dutch - Judith Meulendijks, local girl Jeanine Cicognini and German Karin Schnaase.


    From The Hindu - (http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-...cle2565561.ece)

    Pusarla Venkata Sindhu won her third international women's singles title when she scored a 21-11, 21-11 win over second-seeded Carola Bott of Germany in the final of the Swiss International badminton championship on Sunday.
    The 16-year-old Hyderabad girl, trained by former All England champion Pullela Gopi Chand, took 32 minutes to quell the challenge of her second-seeded opponent.
    The victory was all the more remarkable considering the fact that Sindhu got the better of a player who is ranked World No. 88.

    Cruising home
    Earlier in the semifinals, Sindhu, sponsored by Olympic Gold Quest and BPCL, defeated World No. 42 Jeanine Cicognini 21-14, 21-12 after putting it across fourth-seeded and World No. 54 Judith Meulendijks 21-10, 21-6 in the quarterfinals.
    I am delighted with this performance for it is so important and a different feeling to come back home with an international title in your kitty, said a visibly pleased Sindhu in a telephonic talk.

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    Congratulations to Sindhu!

    Her journey to the podium at the Swiss International 2011 was marked by the many seeds she chewed up again.

    She started off easy enough, against lower ranked (182) qualifier Camila Sorensor of Denmark.
    Next in line of fire was 54 ranked, 4th seed Judith Meulendijks of Netherlands, who ran into Sindhu for the second time in 2 consecutive events.
    Next came 5th seed and 56-ranked German, Karin Schnasse.

    In the semi-finals, came 2nd seed, 42-ranked Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland.
    The finals got her to face the only other lower ranked (88) player, Carola Bott of Germany, who also overcame many better players to make it to the finals.

    Throughout the tournament, Sindhu was untroubled. She did not drop a single game, and the most that any opponent took from her in a game, was 16 points.

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    Sindhu is listed to play the qualifying round at the HongKong Open SS in November. This will mark another step in her evolution as a player of the next generation.

    I just noted another weird statistic: in the ongoing final stage matches (5-8) at the WJC Team events, Sindhu beat Soraya Eijbergen of the Netherlands 21-9, 21-11, in the recorded time of just 5 minutes!!

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    In the IND v JPN match for 5th/6th place at the World Team Juniors
    Noz wasn't even playing this match for JPN. She was scheduled to play in WD against Sindhu. JPN eventually won 3-0

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    A very astonishing result , wonder what happened to the wonder girl to lose in the way she did, that too to a girl 100's of ranking below her. Can somebody highlight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    It is typical for a girl so young to get defeated against opponents she is not familiar with.

    Nonetheless, Sindhu has promise. I hope she would be trained to be more of a power player like Tine Rasmussen. With her height, that would be a great advantage.

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