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PV Sindhu beats Ratchanok Intanon 21-13, 21-15, goes into finals

PV Sindhu beats Ratchanok Intanon 21-13, 21-15, goes into finals

She plays the victor of the last quarter-final between Indian fourth seed Saina Nehwal and fifth seed Zhang Beiwen of the US. If that was not disappointing enough for spectators present at the Siri Fort Indoor Complex, the meek surrender of Saina Nehwal came as a shock.

The World no 4 Sindhu, though, led 11-9 at the break of the opening game.

Sindhu continued the momentum shift to level the decider 11-11 after the break.

The saving grace was the survival of defending champion P. V. Sindhu and the Pranav Chopra-N.

A first big title for the American meanwhile, Sindhu gets her hand on yet another Silver.

While Sindhu avoided the media, a triumphant Zhang with no coach on her side for last seven years, said the pressure was on her Indian counterpart.

Sindhu tried to counter her opponents acute angled strokes with better court coverage and pushed Zhang to make too many unforced errors to lose the second game.

While one can go on and on about Zhang's heroics, one cannot simply ignore the elephant in the room - the fact that Sindhu has now lost four major finals since the beginning 2017, which include defeats at the World Championships, the Hong Kong Open, the Dubai Super Series Final and now, the India Open.

Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap seemed a bit exhausted and could not match China's Qiao Bin, losing 16-21 18-21 in the men's singles quarterfinals. Then, it was time for the decider.

Soon, she had 9-game points and she bagged it in the first go when Zhang hit it wide. But once again Sindhu moved ahead using her drop shots and powerful smash to go 11-7.

Sindhu then hit the shuttle out as Zhang celebrated. Gold medals at the Youth Olympics and Junior World Championships attest to his talent, but Shi Yuqi had gone a full year without a title.

In the men's final, fourth seed Shi took 47 minutes to defeat third seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-18, 21-14. After losing the first game, she came back strongly to win the second, but faltered in the third when things looked under her control. Gideon-Sukamuljo took only 26 minutes to oust compatriots Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan with a 21-11, 21-16 victory.

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

Pranaav-Sikki thrashed Chinese Han Chengkai and Cao Tong Wei 21-8, 21-13 to storm into the semi-finals, where they will meet Danish fifth seeds Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen.

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