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That should help Sindhu now! Tensed moments as Sindhu trails ! Zhang opens up a four-point lead over Sindhu in the decider. She isn't doing anything extraordinary but she has hit the shuttle with precision and her placement has been top notch. Sindhu must find a way to cut short the rallies. The Indian ace is letting the game slip away gradually.

What a rally there! Zhang levels the scores in the decider after Sindhu's cross-court shot falls wide. And it is time for a decider. PVSindhu wins the 2nd game with a comfortable margin.

The rallies are causing problems for Sindhu, who looks a bit tired after the mid-game break. Zhang is just pushing everything that has been thrown at her. This surely reminds us the World Championships final where Nozomi Okuhara retrieved brilliantly and relied on rallies to edge past Sindhu. Beiwen Zhang seems to be a different player after the mid-game break of the 2nd game. She has won six of the last eight points. Sindhu is still in the lead. The top seed shuttler is coming close to the net after hitting the shuttle back.

This has allowed her to create an opening and kill the rally quickly. Looks like Gopichand's words after the first game is slowly working. She needs to continue putting pressure on the American shuttler if she hopes to enforce a decider.

Sindhu looks a completely different player in the 2nd game. She has taken an early lead. A decider on the cards? Sindhu looks to be in better touch after that break. She has taken an early lead in the 2nd game. This match looks to be getting into a decider.

Sindhu has applied too much power in her forehand strokes from the net. It is surprising to see how Sindhu has squandered clear-cut opportunities against Zhang. Zhang now opens up a 2-point lead in the opening game. Both players are fighting for every point after the mid-game break of the opening game.

Sindhu was right when she had predicted that Zhang would prolong the rallies in between. Zhang is keeping her cool against an ultra-aggressive Sindhu. Cheers of "Sindhu,Sindhu"is reverberating all across the stadium.

Beiwen wins back the serve with a well-directed body smash. Sindhu looks much more composed now than opening minutes of the game. Sindhu's return in the next point meets the net to allow the American shuttler to have a 2-point lead. Beiwen Zhang opens up an early lead in the women's singles Final. This baddie battle is about to start.

Sindhu and Zhang are on court. In the previous 4 encounters between these two shuttlers, Sindhu leads in head-to-head count. Recent records suggest that Sindhu has the upper hand against Zhang but the Indian should be aware of her opponent's rally-based game.

This is Sindhu's title to lose. Get ready for this super clash! Beiwen Zhang stands between PV Sindhu's title defence. The men's doubles match is underway after which it will be time for the last match of the day — The Women's singles Final between PV Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang. I didn't allow him to shut me down with attack. So, it's a proud moment for me. He defeated Chou Tien Chen , Shi Yuqi is three points away from winning the India Open Men's singles title.

Will Chou Tien Chen be able to stop the Chinese shuttler from doing it? Olympic silver medallist Sindhu got the better of Thai third seed and former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon , to remain one win away from successfully defending her title. Sindhu rattled the Thai by mixing clever net-play with big strokes as she led in the first game before securing the win. 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 home favourite prevailed in the second game. Following the win at the Siri Fort Sports Complex, the three-time World Championship medallist Sindhu improved her head-to-head record against year-old Ratchanok to The Danish pair looked the better combination in the first game but the Indians did well to fight back in the second game.

Though the group stages may be a tad easier, he will need to come up with an A-plus performance to win a medal in Rio. Srikanth will open his Olympic campaign with a match against Mexico's Munoz. After a long time I could get a necessary break and I really could work on overall aspects of the game.

Coming to the doubles scenario, India have a daunting task ahead. The pairing of Attri-Reddy have a tough opening match as they prepare to face the Indonesian duo, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, who are ranked world number two. They are in a mighty difficult group, which consists of other top pairs like Chai Biao and Hong Wei from China as well. Likewise, the women's doubles team comprising Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa does not have it any easy. Top seeds Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo are also in the same group, and it is this Japanese pair, who will be their first opponent on Thursday.

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