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China Open 2018: As it happened - PV Sindhu vs Saena Kawakami First Round

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedSep 18, 2018 11:14 IST

It's a 21-15, 21-13 win for PV Sindhu and she is through to the second round.

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11:14 (IST)18 SEP 2018

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Stay tuned to Sportskeeda as we'll bring you live updates from Saina Nehwal's first round match.

It is scheduled to start not before 11.45am IST.

11:13 (IST)18 SEP 2018

That wasn't supposed to be a tough challenge for Sindhu and it was definitely a fine start for the Indian.

Except for a couple of junctures of the match, Sindhu was mostly in control of the proceedings.

That will give her bucket loads of confidence for the rounds will get tougher very soon.

11:11 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Sindhu needed only 26 minutes to get the win.

11:10 (IST)18 SEP 2018

And Sindhu has completed the win!

It's a 21-15, 21-13 win for PV Sindhu and she is through to the second round.

11:07 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Kawakami saves one.

11:06 (IST)18 SEP 2018

And she has match points too!

20-12

11:06 (IST)18 SEP 2018

It's all Sindhu now!

She is up 18-12

11:06 (IST)18 SEP 2018

And this time, Sindhu doesn't make a mistake!

She doesn't let go of the lead and makes it 16-12

11:05 (IST)18 SEP 2018

It's 14-11 to Sindhu now.

Some great attacking play from the Indian there!

11:04 (IST)18 SEP 2018

It's suddenly a very competitive game post-interval.

Sindhu has a one-point advantage only, at 12-11

11:02 (IST)18 SEP 2018

It's 11-9 to Sindhu at the midgame interval after Kawakami fought back impressively.

11:01 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Sindhu up 10-8 now

11:00 (IST)18 SEP 2018

But Kawakami is fighting back.

Trails 7-9 now

11:00 (IST)18 SEP 2018

It's 8-5 for the Indian now.

Still has a three-point lead.

10:59 (IST)18 SEP 2018

The Japanese takes three points but Sindhu still has a healthy lead.

Up 7-4

10:58 (IST)18 SEP 2018

4 quick points for the Indian and she has raced ahead to 6-1 

10:57 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Sindhu picks up from where she left!

Has opened up a 2-0 lead in the second game.

10:54 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Finally, Sindhu converts a game point and takes the first game 21-15.

10:53 (IST)18 SEP 2018

The Japanese shows some resilience and saves three game points.

10:52 (IST)18 SEP 2018

A host of game points for Sindhu at 20-12

10:51 (IST)18 SEP 2018

But Sindhu can't afford to relax here.

Kawakami takes three points on the trot now to reduce the difference to just six points.

Sindhu 18-12

10:50 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Three quick points for the Indian now.

18-9

10:50 (IST)18 SEP 2018

15-9 to Sindhu now

10:49 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Kawakami took one point but Sindhu grabs another to make it 14-8

10:48 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Two more points for the Indian and it is 13-7 to Sindhu now.

10:47 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Sindhu accelerated from thereon and grabbed the next four points to have an 11-7 lead at the midgame interval.

10:46 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Sindhu went up to 7-5 but a determined Kawakami fights back yet again!

It's 7-7

10:45 (IST)18 SEP 2018

An aggressive Sindhu takes a couple of points and surges to 6-4

10:45 (IST)18 SEP 2018

They continue to be evenly poised.

4-4

10:43 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Kawakami went up to 3-2 but Sindhu has levelled it at 3-3

10:43 (IST)18 SEP 2018

And the match has started!

Sindhu takes a 2-1 lead.

10:23 (IST)18 SEP 2018

However, a major concern is Sindhu's fitness. As we all saw at the Japan Open last week, she was really struggling after the hectic schedule that saw her reach back-to-back finals at the World Championship and the Asian Games. It took a toll on her physically and Sindhu was hardly the player she used to be. In Tokyo, she crashed out in Round 2 because of those exertions.

It would be interesting if she has managed to recover from it after a few days of rest. Sindhu has a relatively easy draw until the quarters. If she doesn't have any fatigue, she can definitely make it through to the quarters at least.

10:19 (IST)18 SEP 2018

Good morning and welcome to the Sportskeeda live coverage of PV Sindhu's first round match at the China Open 2018. She is the third seed at this Super 1000 tournament and is definitely one of the title favourites.

By ranking, she is the favourite in this first round match against Kawakami and is expected to easily go through to the second round.
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