PV Sindhu loses to Beiwen Zhang in close finale

Updated: Feb 05, 2018, 09:29 IST | AFP

Defending champion P V Sindhu suffered a narrow defeat in a pulsating final against American Beiwen Zhang to finish runner-up at the India Open Super 300 badminton tournament yesterday. Playing her second tournament of the new season

PV Sindhu falls while trying to return to USAs Zhang Beiwen in the India Open final yesterday
PV Sindhu falls while trying to return to USA's Zhang Beiwen in the India Open final yesterday

Defending champion P V Sindhu suffered a narrow defeat in a pulsating final against American Beiwen Zhang to finish runner-up at the India Open Super 300 badminton tournament yesterday. Playing her second tournament of the new season, Sindhu came agonisingly close to clinching the title before losing 18-21, 21-11, 20-22, to Zhang in the women's singles final.

USAs Zhang Beiwen
USA's Zhang Beiwen

Sindhu always played long matches against Zhang, all of them going to the decider, and it was no different as the duo battled till the last point. Prior to this loss, Sindhu had won twice and lost once at the Indonesia Super Series Premier last year against the American. All England Championships finalist and fourth seed here, Shi Yuqi of China walked won the men's crown after beating world No. 7 and third seed here, Chou Tien Chen of taiwan 21-18, 21-14 in a 47-minute encounter.

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