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Japan Open 2018: PV Sindhu vs Gao Fangjie Second Round, Live Score and Match Updates

Sindhu loses 18-21, 19-21 to go out in the second round.
Updated: 13 September 2018 12:32 IST - Published: 13 September 2018 09:55 IST
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Goodbye!
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Sindhu just didn't have anything left to fight with.

Was totally spent.

Let us hope this early exit will help her to get some much-needed rest before the China Open next week.
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Gao comes up with a huge smash and finishes the job!

Sindhu loses 18-21, 19-21 to go out in the second round.
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Another smash from Sindhu!

19-20
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Sindhu finds the corner after a long rally!

18-20
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Big smash!

Sindhu 17-20
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Sindhu saves one.

16-20
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Match points for Gao.

20-15
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It's 19-15 to Gao.

Very frustrating look on Sindhu's face
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Sindhu definitely needs a bit of time to recalibrate her goals 
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18-14 to Gao
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Fatigue, both physical and emotional, has definitely built up.

It's a very different Sindhu.
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The attacking shots are few and far between now
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She is now trailing 14-17 
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Is the hectic schedule really playing a part today?

It sure does seem so. Sindhu just hasn't anything left in the tank.
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Sindhu trailing 12-16 now
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Sindhu nodding her head as yet another point goes Gao's way.

The body language isn't very good.
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And another point for her as well.

11-15
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Finally one point for her as she rushes to the net!


Sindhu 10-15
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Sindhu just hasn't looked her usual self at all.
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14-9 to Gao.

Worrying times ahead for the Indian camp!
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Gao gets the very next point.

12-8
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Sindhu finally gets a point!

She made Gao move all over the court.

8-11
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Eight straight points for Gao


11-7 at the midgame break.
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Gao is now fully in control!

Power, pace.....she is doing everything right while Sindhu can only remain content as a spectator!

10-7 to Gao
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The lead has vanished now!

It's 7-7
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Gao is going for crosscourt shots. The angles are hurting Sindhu.

Gao has come back to 5-7
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It's 7-3 to the Indian now
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Far more alert now, Sindhu goes up to 6-2
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Sindhu continues to dominate through sheer power and attack.

She is up 5-1
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Sindhu makes a strong start to Game 2 and leads 3-0
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And Gao makes no mistake!

She takes the first game 21-18
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And Sindhu's shot at the net is ineffective.

Gao has game points at 20-18
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Sindhu's attempted dropshot fall to her part of the court.

Gao 19-18
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Again Gao puts up an aggressive display.

18-18
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Gao comes up with a lot more attack and makes a body smash 

It's 17-17
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It's 17-15 to Sindhu now
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Sindhu playing with more patience, injecting a few deft touches into the rallies.

She is up 16-14
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Sindhu looking more pumped up now.

She is up 15-14
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Sindhu has the lead for the first time in this game!

She is up 14-13
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And she has levelled!

It's 13-13
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Sindhu now showing exceptional defence and directing the shuttle to Gao's backhands.

Sindhu 12-13
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The difference between the two continues to be of three points.

Gao up 13-10.
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It's 11-8 to Gao going into the midgame interval.
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Great display at the net from Sindhu!

8-10
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A big smash from Sindhu!

7-10
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Sindhu has stayed on Gao's heels but still has not managed to close the gap.

Sindhu now 6-10
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Struggling to read the deceptions.

Sindhu now trails 4-8
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Sindhu looking very tentative and unsure.

Gao has gone up to 8-2
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Sindhu finally gets one point back and trails 2-6