P V Sindhu goes down fighting in India Open final

Defending champion PV Sindhu failed to retain the title but she went down fighting against Beiwen Zhang of United States in the final clash of the India Open Super 500 on Sunday.

Sindhu lost the final in three games 18-21, 21-11, 20-22 in one hour and nine minutes.

The contest started evenly with both players exchanging points regularly. Sindhu raced ahead for a while to take a 11-9 lead at the mid-game break and she maintained the lead before Zhang took advantage of Sindhu's unforced errors to put herself in the lead.

Zhang gave little chance to Sindhu to bounce back as she wrapped up the first game 21-18 in 22 minutes.

Sindhu went ahead in the second game and won 21-11 and forced the contest to third. She got a 2-0 lead early in the third match but Zhang fought back. Both players were tired and the match started slipping from Sindhu's hand as Zhang won three successive points to lead the decider 17-15.

A body smash from the net took Sindhu to 19-19 and then to match point soon afterward, before Zhang levelled it 20-20, and eventually winning the game.

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