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Sindhu loses India Open summit clash

Sindhu loses India Open summit clash

In the women's singles final, Beiwen was quick off the blocks. Sindhu went to the mid-game interval with a 11-9 lead. The top seed maintained the lead till 15-14 before fifth seed Zhang took advantage of the Indian's unforced errors to put herself in the lead. The American then could only push it on to the net.

Men's doubles: 1-Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 21-11, 21-16; 4-Kim Astrup and Anders Skaaru Rasmussen (Den) bt Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong (Chn) 21-19, 21-14.

In the second game, playing in front of the home crowd, Sindhu charged into contention by winning the second game quite easily. Kashyap blew a 7-2 lead early on in the opening game, while in the second, he erased 4-11 and 8-16 deficit to claw his way back at 18-18 before Bin surged to close out the match.

Cut to February 2018, and Sindhu is a win away from successfully defending her title and becoming only the second women's singles shuttler after Saina Nehwal to win two India Open crowns.

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In the third and last set, the Chinese-American shuttler zipped past Sindhu with some impressively delivered net-shots to put the Rio Olympics silver medallist under pressure.

Beiwen held a 9-4 lead but Sindhu rose to the challenge, not allowing her opponent to have her way. However, the Indian bounced back in style to win the second game 21-11 and apparently took the contest in the deciding game.

Finally Sindhu hit the net, as Zhang won a point to make it 8-3.

Sindhu tried to place the shuttle in hard positions and reached 15-14 after producing a smash but a weak return next gave the lead to Zhang. She smashed her way right back into the game to level the score at 19-19.

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The American then failed to respond to a smash to trail 19-20.

Defending champion failed to retain the title as she went down fighting against world No. 11 of U.S. in the summit clash of at Siri Fort Complex in Delhi on Sunday. You don't see me smashing much but today, I smashed a lot more and won lots of points.

All England Championships finalist Shi Yuqi of China set up an exciting men's singles summit clash with World No. 7 Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen, who had also reached the finals a year ago at India Open Super Series.

For 21-year-old Yuqi, it was his first title since French Open victory in October 2016. In the title-match, he faces another fourth seeded Chinese Shi Yuqi.

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