Sindhu nails Gilmour for Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title

Sindhu nails Gilmour for Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title

Badminton Malaysian Masters : Young Indian makes superb start to season with her fifth GP Gold crown

Sindhu nails Gilmour for Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title

 Indian shuttler PV Sindhu continued her rampaging run to clinch the Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title with a straight-game win over Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour, making a resounding start to the new season here on Sunday.

The third-seeded Indian prevailed 21-15, 21-9 in a 32- minute clash to clinch her fifth Grand Prix Gold title to avenge a 2013 loss to the Scot, their only previous encounter before Sunday’s match.

This is also Sindhu’s second Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold title, having won it in 2013 as well. She also completed a hat-trick at the Macau Open Grand Prix Gold in November last year.

“It is a great win and a fantastic start to the season for me. I have been playing well and I was confident of winning ahead of the final. In fact, the semifinal was a tough match and it boosted my confidence,” a jubilant Sindhu said after the title win.

“I didn’t expect the final to be easy. I had played her long back in 2013 but it was a different match and I am a different player now. I took the lead and didn’t relax and it turned out to be a one-sided match.

“This win has given me a lot of confidence and I hope to do well in the next events, specially at Syed Modi which I am playing next in Lucknow. I will be also playing the BAC in Hyderabad which is a team event,” added the two-time World Championships bronze-medallist.

Sindhu, who had an unbeaten streak at the Premier Badminton League (PBL), produced a dominating performance as she showed better court coverage and produced some delectable strokes to outclass her opponent in the summit clash.

In the opening game, Sindhu made early strides, moving to 5-2 and built on it steadily, powering to 18-10 in quick time. The World No 20 Scot reeled off four straight points but could never threaten Sindhu who closed the game without much effort.

Sindhu produced some awesome smashes and caught the Scottish off-guard with her superior placements. She also dominated the net and used her drop shots to bamboozle her rival, racing through the second game as well.