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Highlights, India Open 2018, Final match: Beiwen Zhang beats PV Sindhu to win title

Catch the live score and updates from the Finals of the India Open 2018. PV Sindhu takes on Beiwen Zhang in the women's singles Final

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Highlights, India Open 2018, Final match: Beiwen Zhang beats PV Sindhu to win title

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Feb 04, 2018 - 20:03 (IST)

It was a close of so close yet so far for the defending champion PV Sindhu who squandered a matchpoint opportunity to see her opponent USA's Beiwen Zhang continue her giant-killing run to win the India Open title. 

The Indian ace went down fighting in a three-game thriller that saw both these shuttlers giving it all for winning the India Open 500 World Tour title. 

It was hard luck for Sindhu but there were a lot of positive she can take from her run in the tournament. 

Well, that's it from here and thanks for joining the Firstpost coverage of the India Open event. 

Good night!!

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:50 (IST)

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:50 (IST)

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:35 (IST)

Zhang is the new giant-killer. At least, in this tournament. She defeated Saina Nehwal in straight games, got the better of Cheung Yi in the semis and now stunned defending champion PV Sindhu in a thrilling contest. Remember, she doesn't travel with a coach. After struggling for five years without a coach or a manager, she has finally managed to hire one. The 27-year-old was mentally better than Sindhu on the night

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:35 (IST)

Beiwen Zhang wins the India Open 2018 

Sindhu squanders a match-point opportunity at the net. Beiwen Zhang showed tremendous composure despite being under pressure and manages to win the next two crucial points to win the match 21-18, 11-21, 22-20!

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:33 (IST)

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:25 (IST)

19-19! Sindhu smashes her way right back into the match to level the scores in this all-important decider

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:23 (IST)

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:22 (IST)

16-15! Another rally and another deceptive push by Zhang. Nerves of steel at the moment. Sindhu is being stretched at the back.

Feb 04, 2018 - 19:20 (IST)

This is turning out to be a thriller. Zhang is getting outfoxed at the net. The crowd erupts as Sindhu takes another point to lead 15-14!

Semi-final Report: India's women's singles star PV Sindhu advanced to the final, while the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy exited in the semi-finals of the $350,000 India Open BWF World Tour Super 500 on Saturday.

Olympic 2016 silver medallist Sindhu got the better of Thai third seed and former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon 21-13, 21-15 to remain one win away from successfully defending her title.

Highlights India Open 2018 Final match Beiwen Zhang beats PV Sindhu to win title

PV Sindhu faces Beiwen Zhang in the final of the India Open. Image Courtesy: AFP

Sindhu rattled the Thai by mixing clever net-play with big strokes as she led 13-4 in the first game before securing the 21-13 win.

In the second game, Ratchanok tried to push Sindhu with some clever placements but Sindhu kept firing smashes to quell the challenge from the Thai. The home favourite prevailed 21-15 in the second game.

Following the win at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, the three-time World Championship medallist Sindhu improved her head-to-head record against 22-year-old Ratchanok to 3-4.

In the final on Sunday, the Hyderabadi will meet US' fifth seed Beiwen Zhang, who edged past Hong Kong's sixth seed Cheung Ngan Yi 14-21, 21-12, 21-19 in an hour and three minutes.

The Indian mixed doubles eighth seeds Pranaav-Sikki fell 16-21, 19-21 in 45 minutes against Danish fifth seeds Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen, who will meet Indonesians Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the final.

The Danish pair looked the better combination in the first game but the Indians did well to fight back in the second game. Pranaav lost his serve at 18-all to give the advantage to Mathias-Christinna, who then made the most of the gift to seal the contest in their favour.

Mathias, especially was brilliant, picking out gaps with ease as Pranaav and Sikki made some tactical errors. Mathias' pace and power made it easy for Christinna, who was playing closer to the net.

Praveen-Melati combined to beat Chinese sixth seeds He Jiting and Du Yue 21-19, 24-22 in 42 minutes.

In the men's singles category, Chinese Taipei's third seed Chou Tien Chen got the better of Chinese Qiao Bin 23-21, 21-16 to set-up a title clash against Chinese Shi Yuqi, who ended Malaysian Iskandar Zulkarnain's stunning run with an 18-21, 21-10, 21-19 victory in an hour and nine minutes.

In the men's doubles category, Indonesian top-seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Danish fourth seeds Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen advanced to the final.

Gideon-Sukamuljo took only 26 minutes to oust compatriots Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan with a 21-11, 21-16 victory. Astrup-Rasmussen pair defeated China's Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong 21-19, 21-14.

The women's doubles final will be contested between Thai second seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai and Indonesian third seeds Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu.

Jongkolphan-Rawinda defeated Chinese Du Yue and Li Yinhui 21-19, 21-17 in 56 minutes, while Greysia-Apriyani moved past Danish top seeds Kamilla Rytter Juhl Aand Christinna Pedersen 21-14, 19-21, 21-18 in an hour and 21 minutes.

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