PV Sindhu in India Open final after dominant win over Ratchanok Intanon

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PV Sindhu in India Open final after dominant win over Ratchanok Intanon

India's ace shuttler P V Sindhu went down to Beiwen Zhang of United States in the finals of the India Open Badminton tournament in the women's singles event here on Sunday, settling for silver.

Watched by a sizable crowd, Olympic silver medallist and world No. 4 Sindhu went down to Beiwen Zhang of the United States 18-21, 21-11, 20-22 in the 69-minute battle.

Zhang, who is a 2016 French Open runners-up, awaits the victor of the match between Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and Thailand's Ratchanok Inthanon at the summit clash. Attack was Sindhu's hashtag against the former world champion from Thailand as she opened up a 12-point lead in the first game.

Despite nosing ahead, the world No 4 never looked comfortable throughout the 22-minute first game.

To her credit, Sindhu kept pace with her opponent after change of ends and even came up with a few flicks and deceptive drops that raised hopes of a turnaround.

Then, the American went on a roll, winning the next five points, owing to her great smashes and took a commendable lead 9-4. In the decider, the Rio Olympic silver medallist had gone down 17-19 but then she won three back-to-back points to make it 20-19. Ratchanok struggled with her returns, with most of her shots going wide and long, or hitting the net.

After the interval, Zhang drew parity at 12-12 following a miscued shot near the net by Sindhu.

Earlier, in front of a vocal crowd at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, Beiwen was leading 8-5 in the first game.

"Normally I don't hit so many smashes but I managed to do it today", Beiwen said, revealing the errors of Sindhu.

That's why there was relief mixed with joy when the 21-year-old defeated Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 21-14 in the India Open final on Sunday. "I really wanted it", Yuqi, the 2017 All-England runner-up, told reporters after the match. "But for now, I am looking to win the title against Chou Tien Chen".

Kashyap fell to Chinese Qiao Bin, who won 21-16, 21-18, while Sameer lost to Malaysian Iskandar Zulkarnain 17-21, 14-21. "I guess it is the best moment of my career", she said.

Their top seeded men's doubles players Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya emerged as 21-14, 21-16 winners against Denmark's Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

The world No.1 pair are chasing back-to-back titles after winning their home tournament the Indonesia Masters last Sunday. The combination, which came together only a year ago, got the better of Praveen Jordan and Melati Oktavianti 21-14, 21-15 for their first major title having failed in the final in their earlier two attempts.

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