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China Open 2019, PV Sindhu vs Li Xuerui highlights: PV Sindhu defeats China’s Li Xuerui 21-18, 21-12

China Open Badminton 2019, PV Sindhu vs Li Xuerui: PV Sindhu kicked off her China Open 2019 campaign with a comfortable 21-18, 21-12 victory over China's Li Xuerui to advance to the second round.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 18, 2019 1:10:00 pm
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China Open 2019, PV Sindhu vs Li Xuerui: PV Sindhu kicked off her China Open 2019 campaign with a comfortable 21-18, 21-12 victory over China’s Li Xuerui to advance to the second round. The World Champion started the match on a strong note, taking a four-point lead in the initial stage. However, the Chinese bounced back and leveled the scored at 9-9. After that Sindhu once again took charge of the proceedings, until Li saved four game points. However, her resistance came to an end with a powerful cross-court smash by Sindhu, which helped her win the first game 21-18.

The Chinese started the second game on a strong note, taking a four-point lead before Sindhu got into the groove and dominated most part of the final game. Despite trailing 6-2 in the beginning, Sindhu went on to win the second game comfortably.

Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal suffered a first-round defeat against Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan. The Indian shuttler lost 10-21, 17-21 to World No. 19, in just 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.

Live Blog

China Open 2019, PV Sindhu vs Li Xuerui highlights:

12:49 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Sindhu wins second game

Sindhu wins the second game 21-12. It was a comfortable victory for the World Champion as she won the match 21-18, 21-12 to advance to the second round.  

12:44 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Sindhu dominates!

Li Xuerui is having difficulties in tackling Sindhu's cross-court returns.  The Indian is not doing much but combining her game with cross-court returns and drops right at the net. The Chinese, on the other hand, looks exhausted, especially while changing direction as she is now trailing 15-10. 

12:39 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Sindhu bounces back!

Despite having a great second game, Sindhu has managed to bounce back here. First, she settles the score at 6-6, but the Chinese once again takes the lead with a stunning smash right at Sindhu's body. However, the second time she tries that it goes and hits the net. SINDHU 7-7 LI (2nd game) 

12:36 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Li Xuerui starts second game on a positive note

It's a must-win situation for Li Xuerui and she starts the second game on a positive note. She has taken a three-point lead here as Sindhu trails 6-3. Can the Chinese outplay Sindhu in the second game? 

12:32 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Sindhu wins 1st game!

LI saves four-game points but finally crumbles in front of Sindhu's powerful cross-court smash. It was a brilliant contest between both the players and Sindhu finally managed to win it 21-18. 

12:29 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Sindhu finally gets into the groove

PV Sindhu finally gets into the groove as she dominates her opponent, leaving her with no chance. There was a bit of worry for the Indian, but now she sits comfortably with a 5-point lead. SINDHU 20-15 LI (1st game)  

12:25 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Neck-to-neck battle!

After a 22 shot rally, Sindhu drops another point as her return hits the net and falls on her side. Sindhu had coupled the rally with some impressive smashes but that didn't deter the Chinese from securing the point. However, at this stage, Sindhu has again regained a lead of 3 points. SINDHU 15-12 LI (1st game) 

12:21 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Li Xuerui bounces back!

A great comeback by the Chinese as she has now cut down the lead by just 1 point. Remember she was trailing 6-2, but after an impressive show, she managed to reduce the lead. SINDHU 10-9 LI (1st game) 

12:18 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Sindhu has 4 points lead

Sindhu has gathered a four-point lead but her opponent is making her toil for the points. The first rally of the match and Sindhu drops it near the net, and follows it with a smash. However, her cross-court smash goes wide as Li Xuerui gets the point. SINDHU 6-2 LI (1st game)    

12:13 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Sindhu starts strong!

Li Xuerui starts the proceedings here at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. But Sindhu starts strong as she gathers the opening two points in the first game. 

12:10 (IST)18 Sep 2019

Both the players have arrived at the court and the match will start in a few minutes. 

12:03 (IST)18 Sep 2019
Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of the match between PV Sindhu and Li Xuerui at the China Open 2019. Sindhu will go into the contest as favorites looking at her current form. Li, on the other hand, is currently ranked 20, but still has a 3-3 record against the Indian. The World no 5 had defeated Li at the Indonesia Masters earlier this year.