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

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

  • 19:50 (IST)

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  • 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

  • 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!

  • 19:33 (IST)

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

  • 19:23 (IST)

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

  • 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!

  • 19:19 (IST)

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    11-11! Sindhu wins five of the lasts six points to level the scores in the decider. It has been a Sindhu show so far in the last few points. Will she be able to hold on to this new-found aggression and successfully defend her title 

  • Sindhu is coming back strongly. Was that a fist bump from Gopichand? That should help Sindhu now!

  • Tensed moments as Sindhu trails 9-11! at the mid-game interval of the decider

  • 10-6! Zhang opens up a four-point lead over Sindhu in the decider. She isn't doing anything extraordinary but she has hit the shuttle with precision and her placement has been top notch. Sindhu must find a way to cut short the rallies.

  • 19:09 (IST)

    9-4! Zhang zips past Sindhu with impressively delivered net-shots that gets the better of the defending champion. The Indian ace is letting the game slip away gradually

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    3-3!  Zhang levels the scores in the decider after Sindhu's cross-court shot falls wide 

  • 19:04 (IST)

  • Sindhu pushes this match into a decider. She wins the 2nd game 21-11! After beating Ratchanok in the semis last night, Sindhu spoke about how her attacking prowess made the difference. Similarly, the 22-year-old shuttler has delivered a barrage of attacking shots with variation to surge ahead against Zhang and enforce a decider

  • 15-10! The rallies are causing problems for Sindhu, who looks a bit tired after the mid-game break. Zhang is just pushing everything that has been thrown at her. This surely reminds us the World Championships final where Nozomi Okuhara retrieved brilliantly and relied on rallies to edge past Sindhu.

  • 18:55 (IST)

    13-10! Beiwen Zhang seems to be a different player after the mid-game break of the 2nd game. She has won six of the last eight points. Sindhu is still in the lead  

  • The top seed shuttler is coming close to the net after hitting the shuttle back. This has allowed her to create an opening and kill the rally quickly. Looks like Gopichand's words after the first game is slowly working.

  • 18:52 (IST)

    11-4!  Sindhu goes into the mid-game break with a comfortable 7-point lead. She needs to continue putting pressure on the American shuttler if she hopes to enforce a decider 

  • 18:51 (IST)

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    6-2! Sindhu looks to be in better touch after that break. She has taken an early lead in the 2nd game. This match looks to be getting into a decider

  • Sindhu has applied too much power in her forehand strokes from the net. It is surprising to see how Sindhu has squandered clear-cut opportunities against Zhang

  • 21-18! Pin drop silence inside the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium as Sindhu loses the first game by three points. Beiwen Zhang's forehand drives haven't been easy to read, especially when the shuttles are slow.

  • 18:39 (IST)

  • Both players are fighting for every point after the mid-game break of the opening game. Sindhu was right when she had predicted that Zhang would prolong the rallies in between. Zhang is keeping her cool against an ultra-aggressive Sindhu

  • 18:33 (IST)

    13-12! Beiwen Zhang takes the lead once again in this roller-coaster of a Final that is seeing the lead change hands with every point

  • Cheers of "Sindhu,Sindhu"is reverberating all across the stadium

  • 18:29 (IST)

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    9-9! Beiwen wins back the serve with a well-directed body smash. Sindhu looks much more composed now than opening minutes of the game. 

  • 18:26 (IST)

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    7-5! Beiwen Zhang in the lead after hitting a jump smash winner. Sindhu's return in the next point meets the net to allow the American shuttler to have a 2-point lead 

  • 18:22 (IST)

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    3-0! Beiwen Zhang opens up an early lead in the women's singles Final. 

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    In the previous 4 encounters between these two shuttlers, Sindhu leads 3-1 in head-to-head count

  • Time for the big final! 

    Defending champion PV Sindhu takes on tournament underdog Beiwen Zhang in the title clash. Recent records suggest that Sindhu has the upper hand against Zhang but the Indian should be aware of her opponent's rally-based game. This is Sindhu's title to lose.

    Over to you, Sindhu.

  • Firstpost correspondent previewing the women's singles Final between PV Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang 

  • 17:54 (IST)

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    The men's doubles match is underway after which it will be time for the last match of the day — The Women's singles Final between PV Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang

  • Shi Yuqi said, "I was watching Chou's semi-final game against Qiao Bin and I analysed how he played. I didn't allow him to shut me down with attack. So, it's a proud moment for me."

  • 17:16 (IST)

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    18-13! Shi Yuqi is three points away from winning the India Open Men's singles title. Will Chou Tien Chen be able to stop the Chinese shuttler from doing it? 

  • 17:05 (IST)

    15-10! Shi Yuqi opens up a five-point lead after yet another unforced error from Chou Tien Chen

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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Updated Date: Feb 04, 2018 20:05:14 IST

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