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Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth wins French Open title

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Paris, Oct 30, 2017: Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to win the men’s singles title at the French Open Superseries here on Sunday.

Srikanth dominated from the start to carve out a 21-14, 21-13 win in 34 minutes.

Sunday’s win helped the eighth seeded Indian to improve his head-to-head statistics against the unseeded Japanese to 2-0.

Srikanth is the first male shuttler from India to qualify for the French Open final. Sunday’s victory also made him the the fourth male player in the history of the game to win four Superseries singles titles in a calendar year.

Srikanth struggled in the early stages of the first game with the Japanese taking a 9-5 lead but he made a strong comeback to force the lead at 11-9.

The Indian did not look back from there, going on to win the opening game.

Srikanth dominated the second game right from the start, opening up a 10-5 lead and holding on to the advantage to win the game easily.

Earlier, the Indonesian pair of Greysia Polli and Apriyani Rahayu defeated South Korea’s Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan in straight games to clinch the women’s doubles title.

The Indonesians took 55 minutes to outclass the South Korean pair 21-17, 21-15.

In the first game, the Indonesian took a 3-0 lead in the early stages before the South Koreans fought back to draw level at 7-7.

However, the Indonesians won three consecutive points to regain the advantage. They did not look back from there, beating back a spirited fight from the Koreans to take the first game.

The early stages of the second game saw a see-saw battle before the Indonesians took four consecutive points to gain the upper hand.

The Koreans however, continued to put up a spirited fight winning five back to back points to level the score at 13-13.

But it did not prove to be enough as Polli and Rahayu claimed six consecutive points to close out the game and the match.

The mixed doubles title went to the Indonesian pair of Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir who defeated China’s Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 22-20, 21-15 in 45 minutes.

The Chinese pair took a 9-3 lead in the first game, before the Indonesians clinched four consecutive points to draw level.

With the momentum firmly behind them, the Indonesian pair survived a see-saw battle to take the first game.

The early stages of the second game saw a neck and neck fight before the Indonesians claimed six consecutive points to clinch the issue.

In the women’s singles, Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in straight games to clinch the title in a match that lasted for 31 minutes.

The top seed defeated the fifth seeded Japanese 21-4, 21-16.

The first game was a cake walk for Ying who clinched the issue with ease.

The early stages of the second game saw an even contest with the score level at 8-8.

Ying picked up the momentum from there on with three consecutive points before going on to clinch the issue.

In the men’s doubles, Chinese Taipei’s Jhe-Huei Lee and Yang Lee defeated Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen to clinch the title.

The seventh seeds stunned the second seeded Denmark pair 21-19, 23-21 in 45 minutes.

The early stages of the first game was evenly balanced before the Danish duo picked up four consecutive points to take a 9-6 lead.

However, Denmark failed to maintain the momentum as the Chinese Taipei duo staged a strong come back to win the game.

The second game saw a neck and neck battle before the Chinese Taipei pair prevailed to claim the title.

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2nd Test: India 172/3 at stumps, trail by 154 runs vs Australia

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Perth, Dec 15: India were 172/3 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Perth stadium here on Saturday.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were batting on 82 and 51 runs respectively when the day ended.

The visiting side still trail by 154 runs against Australia’s first innings total of 326. Resuming the second day at 277/6, the Aussies were all out for 326 shortly before lunch.

Brief Scores: India (First Innings): 172/3 (Virat Kohli 82 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 51 batting) vs Australia (First Innings): 326 (Marcus Harris 70; Ishant Sharma 4/41).

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India’s Sindhu defeats Thailand’s Intanon, storms into final

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 15: Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals here on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who has not lost to World No.8 Intanon in the last two years, breezed into the final after quashing her Thai opponent 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes, reports Efe.

The world number six from Hyderabad – who entered the semi-finals after defeating Beiwen Zhang of the US 21-9, 21-15 on Friday – dominated the first game, winning it in 20 minutes after grabbing an initial 6-4 lead.

Intanon bounced back in the second game but Sindhu did not lose nerve and won it in a nail-biting finish to wrap up the match.

Sindhu will now play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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