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

It's a 21-15, 21-13 win for PV Sindhu and she is through to the second round.
Updated: 18 September 2018 11:14 IST - Published: 18 September 2018 10:15 IST
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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.
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Sindhu needed only 26 minutes to get the win.
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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.
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Kawakami saves one.
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And she has match points too!

20-12
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It's all Sindhu now!

She is up 18-12
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And this time, Sindhu doesn't make a mistake!

She doesn't let go of the lead and makes it 16-12
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It's 14-11 to Sindhu now.

Some great attacking play from the Indian there!
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It's suddenly a very competitive game post-interval.

Sindhu has a one-point advantage only, at 12-11
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It's 11-9 to Sindhu at the midgame interval after Kawakami fought back impressively.
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Sindhu up 10-8 now
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But Kawakami is fighting back.

Trails 7-9 now
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It's 8-5 for the Indian now.

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

Up 7-4
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4 quick points for the Indian and she has raced ahead to 6-1 
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Sindhu picks up from where she left!

Has opened up a 2-0 lead in the second game.
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Finally, Sindhu converts a game point and takes the first game 21-15.
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The Japanese shows some resilience and saves three game points.
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A host of game points for Sindhu at 20-12
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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
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Three quick points for the Indian now.

18-9
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15-9 to Sindhu now
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Kawakami took one point but Sindhu grabs another to make it 14-8
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Two more points for the Indian and it is 13-7 to Sindhu now.
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