Sindhu looking to end year with Dubai SS Finals title

P. V. Sindhu will be lining up against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the summit clash of the Dubai Superseries Finals on Sunday.

P.V. Sindhu displayed brilliant form to outclass the world No.8 Chinese shuttler Yufei Chen.   -  AFP

P. V. Sindhu will be lining up against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the summit clash of the Dubai Super Series Finals on Sunday. The Indian World No. 3 reached the final of the year ending championships with a 21-15, 21-18 win over China's Yufei Chen.

The 22-year-old became the second Indian after Saina Nehwal in 2011 to reach the final in the annual Super Series tournament.

The Indian ace is undefeated in the tournament and has already got the better of her Sunday's opponent in their group stage meeting when she won 21-9, 21-13. Sindhu, standing at 5 ft 9 inches, used her height to her advantage over the diminutive Japanese in a match which lasted only 36 minutes.

Overall, Sindhu has a 5-2 advantage from her face-offs with Yamaguchi.

Meanwhile, the World No. 2 Yamaguchi got the better of Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon 17-21, 21-12, 21-19  in the other semifinal.

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD

Hong Kong Open 2017Sindhu bt Yamaguchi21-12, 21-19
French Open 2017Yamaguchi bt Sindhu21-14, 21-9
Dubai Super Series 2016Sindhu bt Yamaguchi12-21, 21-8, 21-15
Uber Cup 2016Sindhu bt Yamaguchi21-11, 21-18
Macau Cup 2015Sindhu bt Yamaguchi21-8, 15-21, 21-16
Japan Open 2013Yamaguchi bt Sindhu21-6, 21-17
Dubai Superseries 2017Sindhu bt Yamguchi21-9, 21-13