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Zhang beats home favourite Sindhu in BWF India Open women's singles final

Zhang beats home favourite Sindhu in BWF India Open women's singles final

Sindu is also the only Indian left in the Tournament after Saina Nehwal bowed out in the quarter-finals with a 10-21, 13-21 to World No.11 American Zhang, who faces Sindhu in the final today.

Then, the American went on a roll, winning the next five points, owing to her great smashes and took a commendable lead 9-4.

Then, the American hit the net first and hit it wide next to make it 10-8. The ace Indian shuttler was chasing her second consecutive India Open title.

Throughout the match, Beiwen with her smashes did not gave any chance for Sindhu to settle. Levelling the issue losing just 10 points in the second, Yuki prepared to stifle the Malaysian's ascent and finally emerged unscathed.

Sindhu, however, looked a little rusty early on Sunday as Zhang grabbed an early 3-0 lead.

"I think he was very exhausted and did not fight much", said the champion, about Chen, with the help of an interpreter.

The second game too started similarly with the duo fighting hard for each point, before Sindhu surged ahead after 2-2 scoreline. The world number four needed only 48 minutes to outclass her higher-ranked opponent 21-13, 21-15, much to the surprise of quite a few, who expected a hard-fought contest.

With yet another fabulous return Sindhu got the championship point.

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

Sindhu's cross-court smashes and deft touches at the net kept Intanon guessing. With crowd backing her, Sindhu fought back multiple times to be in the hunt.

Meanwhile, Shi Yuqi had a memorable outing in his maiden appearance in the tournament.

The men's singles contest, however, was spared the unending moments of suspense with fourth-seeded Chinese Shi Yuqi taming Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-18, 21-14.

For the second straight year, Chou Tien Chen finished second best.

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 women's doubles title went to Indonesian third seeds Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, who won 21-18, 21-15 in 58 minutes against Thai second seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.

Mixed doubles: Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Ina) bt 6-He Jiting and Du Yue (Chn) 21-19, 24-22; 5-Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen (Den) bt Pranav Chopra and Sikki Reddy 21-16, 21-19.

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