India Open: PV Sindhu Loses To Beiwen Zhang In Women's Singles Final

India Open: PV Sindhu Loses To Beiwen Zhang In Women's Singles Final

India Open: PV Sindhu Loses To Beiwen Zhang In Women's Singles Final

But instead of capitalising on the situation, the world championship silver medallist blew hot and cold in the second half of the game and could have been in trouble had Zhang not been guilty of making many more unforced errors as compared to the first game.

Of course, Sindhu was disheartened after the defeat and few were surprised when the 22-year-old made a decision to skip the mandatory press conference. In fact, Saina Nehwal too had left media awaiting after losing the quarterfinals on Friday.

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. "I beat Chou at the Dubai Super Series Finals past year, and that gave me confidence".

At the break, Sindhu had a slender two point advantage after Zhang hit out twice. Sindhu then shot one to the net to make it 20-all. She fired a victor on the left and then Sindhu netted one before putting one out to concede three points on the trot.

Sindhu won a video referral next and Zhang then misjudged a return at the forecourt as the Indian narrowed the margin to 18-19. The 22-year-old did recover from there to take an 11-8 lead. The Indian shuttler seemed in eager to finish the game as soon as possible and she managed to win it by 21-13 in 20 minutes.

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The result means that in five meetings, Sindhu leads their head-to-head encounters 3-2. In the second game, Ratchanok tried to push Sindhu with some clever placements but Sindhu kept firing smashes to quell the challenge from the Thai.

The final game had it all, craze, intense, close battles, both shuttlers fighting out a neck-to-neck battle to get their hands on the title.

With Sindhu also sending a forehand return wide, Zhang opened up a two point lead at 18-16. But once again Sindhu moved ahead using her drop shots and powerful smash to go 11-7.

If anybody was under the impression that the match would be little more than a celebration of Sindhu's title defence, they were corrected very early into the contest.

Earlier, in front of a vocal crowd at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium, Beiwen was leading 8-5 in the first game. This is my first major title and I am really happy. In the men's singles category, Chinese Taipei's third seed Chou Tien Chen got the better of Chinese Qiao Bin 23-21, 21-16 to set-up a title clash against Chinese Shi Yuqi, who ended Malaysian Iskandar Zulkarnain's stunning run with an 18-21, 21-10, 21-19 victory in an hour and nine minutes.

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