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Badminton: Sindhu storms into title clash

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Sun, 04 Feb 2018

NEW DELHI: Defending champion Pusarla Venkata Sindhu of India stormed into the final of the India Open badminton tournament yesterday to set up a title clash with American Beiwen Zhang in New Delhi.

Top-seeded Sindhu, 22, eased past third-seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-13, 21-15 in the semi-final.

Earlier, fifth-seed Zhang had a tough outing against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong but prevailed 14-21, 21-12, 21-19.

In men’s action, China’s Shi Yuqi staved off stiff competition from Iskandar Zulkarnain to enter the finals.

The fourth-seeded Yuqi set up an exciting title clash with Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen, who beat Qiao Bin of China 23-21, 21-16.

But Yuqi was pushed to the limit in the semi-final before getting past Zulkarnain of Malaysia 18-21, 21-10, 21-19.

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