Sindhu to battle Ratchanok in India Open semis

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Beiwen bagged the winner's cheque of $26,250, while Sindhu got $13,300. In the subsequent point, the Indian hit it out to give the title to Beiwen. Sindhu was adjudged to win the point, but the referral showed it was out as the American took a healthy 19-16 lead.

The match looked like it was heading towards Zhang as she took a 19-17 lead. But Sindhu's return went wide twice as Zhang pocketed the opening game.

Zhang then produced a smash which left Sindhu flat on the court. But a charged up Sindhu was in no mood to let up, clinching the game and match to set herself up for her second straight Indian Open title. The American then could only push it on to the net.

Sindhu won the next two points to make it 19-18. She was much more dominant, bringing her smashes into play. The second game started on even keel and the duo exchanged points regularly to be 5-5, but Sindhu wrapped the game at 21-15 in the end. On being asked how she managed to eke out a win in the tight decider, the American stressed the fact that she had nothing to lose and it was Sindhu who was under vast pressure.

When Sindhu chose to cover for the straight smash, her opponent found the gap with a round-the-head crosscourt smash at 15-15 in the opener.


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. "Smash, smash, smash", said Yuki, still trying to catch his breath after a 42-stroke rally for the penultimate point in the deciding game.

"I had nothing to lose and pressure was on Sindhu". He smashed well. He is young and was stronger today.

Men: 4-Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt 3-Chou Tien Chen (Tpe) 21-18, 21-14.

It was the 21-year-old's second big victory, following his success in 2016 French Open. Having gone without a title in 2017, Yuqi was anxious for 2018. "But for now, I am looking to win the title against Chou Tien Chen". "So, I will be doing that", the Chinese said.

Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu continued her rich vein of form as she bounced back from a game down against Spain's Beatriz Corrales to book her place in the semi-finals of the India Open here on Friday. Among others, top seeded Indonesian Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo shut out the fighting Indian men's doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy 21-19 21-19, while sixth seeded women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 17-21 21-23 to Chinese pair of Du Yue and Li Yinhui.

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