India Open: PV Sindhu Settles for Silver as Beiwen Zhang Pockets First Superseries Title
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu lost 18-21, 21-11, 20-22 to USA's Beiwen Zhang in the final of the India Open. The defending champion had an opportunity to clinch the match when she had a match-point at 20-19, but the shuttler from USA held her nerve to pocket her first Superseries title
File image of Indian shuttler PV Sindhu. (Image credit: Getty Images)
New Delhi: Ace shuttler PV Sindhu lost 18-21, 21-11, 20-22 to USA's Beiwen Zhang in the final of the India Open. The defending champion had an opportunity to clinch the match when she had a match-point at 20-19, but the shuttler from USA held her nerve to pocket her first Superseries title.
In the entire match, Beiwen played on her strong point—smash—and did not let Sindhu settle. She led in the first game constantly and did well to counter Sindhu's net play. In the second game, the Indian did make a comeback, but in the deciding game, fell short.
Right from the start of the match, Beiwen had an upper hand over Sindhu, as the former did not give any room to the Indian to smash properly. Sindhu, despite losing the match played really well at the net, and most of her points came by drawing Zhang forward at the net.
There was not much of a difference between the two girls' performance, but the Indian fell short when it mattered the most. Also, Sindhu could not lift most of the smashes that came from Zhang. That was probably one of the biggest factors, why Sindhu couldn't win the match.
In the first game Beiwen maintained a two-point lead over Sindhu, and went to the mid-game interval at 11-9. Then the Indian clawed her way back by winning three points, while the score read 12-10. But from thereon, Zhang never looked back and took the game 21-18.
When the second game started, Beiwen looked a bit tired as Sindhu made her move throughout the court. The USA girl was no match for her Indian counterpart, as Sindhu took a substantial lead of 11-4 in the game. Sindhu won the game convincingly 21-11.
Riding high on confidence after an impressive return, one would have expected Sindhu to pocket the deciding game as well, but Beiwen didn't succumb to the high pressure. Sindhu's opponent did an excellent job of taking a five-point lead early in the game with the score reading 9-4. While Sindhu lost six consecutive points, she quickly recovered them too. The last game was so close that both girls were level at 20-20 at one point of time.
But as fate would have it, Sindhu lost the next two points, and lost a chance to defend her India Open title.
Earlier, All England Championships finalist and fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China walked away with the men's singles crown after beating world no 7 and third seeded Taiwanese Chou
Tien Chen 21-18 21-14 in a 47-minute duel.
Fifth seeded Danish combo of Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen prevailed 21-14 21-15 over Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in a 37-minute match to claim the mixed doubles crown, their first title together.
Third seeded Indonesian pair of Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, who are ranked world no 7, defeated second seeded Thailand combo of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-18 21-15 in a 58-minute match to clinch the women's doubles title.
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