Tricky Tai Tzu-Ying Test Awaits PV Sindhu In Quarters

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PV Sindhu will need to prey upon Tai Tzu Ying’s desperation to win a World Championship title and crowd her way through sustained pace and power-stroking if she wants to get past her arch-rival in the quarterfinals at the Basel World Championships. The World No 2 from Chinese Taipei stands in the Indian’s path of securing a fifth World Championship medal, which could tie her at an all-time highest of 5 with Chinese double Olympic champ Zhang Ning (1 G, 2 S, 2 B). Sindhu has two silvers from the last two editions and as many bronzes, since starting in 2013.

The Indian world No 5 also stares at a staggering 4-10 trailing record against Tai Tzu in their career match-offs. However, Sindhu has beaten Tai Tzu at the 2016 Olympics as well as the 2018 World Tour Finals.

Tai Tzu who has dropped ample hints that she’ll consider retiring after the Tokyo Olympics given the pressures of intense training on her body, is also looking for her first World title – not unlike Sindhu. However, Sindhu, who has four medals in her kitty, has the ability to lift her game when necessary.

With Akane Yamaguchi ousted and Carolina Marin absent, this could be a fine chance for the Indian to go the distance. However, she runs into possibly the toughest player on the circuit to beat. Sindhu won her first two matches in straight sets and looks sharp and mentally fresh – especially after her brutal show against American Beiwen Zhang who she shredded in September 2 in the course of a 34-minute 21-14, 21-6 pre-quarters win.