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Japan Open 2018: PV Sindhu vs Sayaka Takahashi first round, Live Score and Match Updates

Sindhu beats Takahashi 21-17, 7-21, 21-13 to enter R2
Updated: 11 September 2018 14:12 IST - Published: 11 September 2018 11:47 IST
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AND SINDHU GETS THE JOB DONE!!!!!

SINDHU STAVES OFF A HUGE CHALLENGE FROM TAKAHASHI TO WIN 21-17, 7-21, 21-13

SHE IS THROUGH TO THE SECOND ROUND!!!!
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SEVEN MATCH POINTS FOR SINDHU!
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19-13 for Sindhu now
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Takahashi is trying her best to give Sindhu a last-minute fight!

Trails 13-18
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It's 18-12 to the Indian
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The pace of the match has slowed down a bit here, but that hasn't troubled Sindhu much.

She is still ahead by a healthy margin.

17-11
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It's 17-10 now as Sindhu inches closer to victory!
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It's 14-9 for the Indian now!

Still in control of the proceedings!
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Sindhu cannot afford to relax as Takahashi gets a couple of points here.

Sindhu up 13-7
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Sindhu is now showing her defensive skills as well, as she grabs a long rally.

12-4
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An aggressive Sindhu makes it 11-4 at the mid-game interval.
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Sindhu is steadily increasing the gap between her and Takahashi

9-4
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It's 8-3 to Sindhu now

Looking more patient and calm
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It's 7-2 to the India No. 1

Looking more like her usual self now!
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It's 5-2 to the Indian!
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It's 4-1 to the Indian
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Sindhu makes a much better start to the decider and leads 3-1
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And she does!

Takahashi gets the second game 21-7 and levels this match!
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It's 19-7 to the home hope now!

She looks all set to take this to the decider!
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It still continues to be a ten-point difference between the two!


17-7
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It's a ten-point gap between the two now!

Takahashi up 16-6
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Sindhu does manage to take three points after the break.

Can she keep this going?

Trails 6-13
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And Takahashi grabs the mid-game advantage, just like she did in Game 1

It's 11-3 to the Japanese
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It's 10-3 for the Japanese now!
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Is Sindhu feeling the effects of a super hectic schedule, where she had to play the World Championships and the Asian Games back-to-back?
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Takahashi has raced ahead to 9-1 now.

Can Sindhu make a comeback again?
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And once again, Sindhu is struggling to find her rhythm again

She has gone down 1-7 now
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It's 4-1 to the Japanese now!
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Sindhu trails 1-3 now
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Once more Sindhu makes a slow start to a game and immediately goes down 0-2 in the second game.
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Sindhu clinches the first game 21-17
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But, by then, the damage has already been done!

Sindhu has game points, and a whole host of them!


20-17
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After losing 11 points in a row, Takahashi finally gets one point.

17-19
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It's all Sindhu now!


19-16

She is two points away from taking this game!
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10 CONSECUTIVE POINTS FOR SINDHU!

SHE IS UP 18-16

WHAT A TURNAROUND!
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IT'S 16-16

WHAT A COMEBACK!!!!
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Sindhu is now trailing by only ONE POINT!


15-16
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And Sindhu has closed the gap to JUST TWO POINTS!

14-16
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Sindhu gets her fifth point in a row.

Trails 13-16
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FOUR CONSECUTIVE POINTS FOR SINDHU NOW!

12-16
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Another point for Sindhu!

Is the comeback on?

She is still down 11-16
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Sindhu finally finds her touch and gets a couple of points here.

She trails 10-16
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It's 16-8 to the Japanese!

Time is running out for Sindhu to make a comeback in Game 1
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It's 14-8 to Takahashi now.

The slow start from Sindhu continues!
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It's 12-7 to Takahashi after the break.

A lot of work ahead for Sindhu!!!!
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And Takahashi does indeed manage to keep her lead to go up to 11-6 at the mid-game interval.
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It's 10-6 to the Japanese now!!!!
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It's 9-4 to the Japanese!

It's a five-point difference between the two now!!!!
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And the Japanese adds another couple of quick points to extend her lead to 8-4
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It's 6-4 to the Japanese


Sindhu will need to find her feet real quick