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Sourabh Varma lost but he can take a lot of heart from his performance and especially the way he came back to have a game point after being shown the red card in Game 2. That itself shows his resilience. He definitely has a bright future ahead.
FULL SCORE: 21-19, 22-20 win for Shi Yuqi in 45 minutes.
The Chinese is not one to give up his chances. It doesn't take Shi Yuqi to get to a match point and convert it too. He wins it, 22-20.
The Chinese manages to save a game point to level at 20-20.
With very fast racquet work, the Chinese climbed his way back to 18-18 after going down 17-18. But unforced errors at such a crucial juncture undid all his good work and the lead switches back to the Indian who goes up 20-19.
Sourabh did claw his way back to 15-15 but Yuqi's variation is once again troubling him. The Chinese cleverly manages to force the Indian into errors as he soars to 17-15.
Yuqi looks very much at ease and is keeping his head calm while Sourabh obviously looks flustered after the point deduction. The Chinese leads 14-12 and extends it to 15-13.
Unfortunately, Varma has been given a red card and a vital point has been deducted and he now trails 10-12. The reason for the deduction is still not known.
Sourabh took one point to make it 10-10 but the Chinese went into the mid-game break, leading 11-10.
Yuqi's recent confidence has helped him back into this game. After levelling at 9-9, he went on to inch ahead 10-9.
The game continues to be extremely competitive and it is Varma now who has once more grabbed a lead of 9-7.
The Chinese, however, quickly took a couple of points to make it 6-6.
As Yuqi starts looking a little fatigued, Varma takes his chances well and soars to 6-4.
Varma is still trying his best to throw off the Chinese and has managed to put the game back on level terms at 3-3.
Yuqi's excellent variation and angles are making life difficult for Varma. The Chinese takes a 2-1 lead in the second game.
But Yuqi converts on his second game point to take the first game 21-19.
Sourabh saves one for 19-20.
And he has also surged to 20-18 with two game points in hand.
Yuqi, however, has wrested back the lead at 19-18. His persistence has definitely paid off.
Brilliant effort from Varma to keep putting the pressure on the World No. 16. Varma leads 17-16.
Yuqi has managed to cut down the big gap but Sourabh is still in the lead, 14-13.
After the break, Sourabh has now surged to a two-point lead as he leaps to 13-11. Clearly, Sourabh is feeling a lot more confident now and has been able to impose his aggressive game on his higher-ranked rival.
Varma goes into the mid-game interval with a slender 11-10 lead.
And now it is a remarkable turnaround. Yuqi has suddenly lost his rhythm and has conceded a 10-9 advantage to the Indian.