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  • 02 Aug
    Rio silver medallist PV Sindhu capped her return to form by winning the China Open on Sunday. She beat Sun Yu of China 21-11, 17-21, 21-11 in the final for her first Super Series title win.Sindhu was quick off the blocks, unsettling Sun with her attacking game and racing to an 11-5 lead at the first break. Sun was caught unaware as Sindhus swift movement and solid defence helped her retrieve everything and win the game with ease in 17 minutes.Sindhu continued to impress in the second game as Sun was forced to target the sidelines of the court due to the Indians mobility. The Chinese player made a lot of errors as Sindhu led 11-7 at the changeover.But then Sun made a strong comeback. She changed her strategy by targeting Sindhu with a series of fierce body smashes that the Indian could not return. Though the players were 16-16 at one stage, it was the Chinese who pulled away and won the game.In the deciding game, Sindhu led 11-8 at the changeover. The momentum stayed with her from there on and she won the game comfortably in 23 minutes.It has been a dream for a long time to win a Superseries, Sindhu said later. After the Olympics, everyone was asking me, Whats next? It was important for me to get a Superseries title. Life changed a lot after the Olympics. People thought Ill take a long time to get back. But I worked hard. This is my first Superseries title and Im very happy.About the match, she said: The first game was very easy. I [was] playing her after two-and-a half years, shes also tall like me and were both attacking players. I lost the second game and in the third I started well and from 11-7, I maintained the lead.Sindhu, the seventh seed, had beaten sixth seed Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea 11-21, 23-21, 21-19 in the semi-final.It was such a tough match, one of my best wins, Sindhu said about that match. There were such long rallies. I was so far down in the second, but I could come back. I thought, Let me just play and see. I had made so many errors. There were so many rallies, each point was a rally. She didnt leave anything. I wasnt tired. Even though we played long rallies, we had breaks in between. Neither of us was leaving the shuttle. My jump smashes worked in the end.This is Sindhus third tournament since her silver medal finish at the Rio Olympics. She had lost in the second round at the Denmark Open and French Open.Sindhu is the third Indian to win the tournament. Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth had won the womens and mens singles title respectively in 2014. Sindhu is also only the third non-Chinese player to win the womens singles event in 30 years.This was Sindhus second appearance in a Superseries final. She had lost to Chinas Li Xuerui in the finals of the Denmark Open last year. For Sun Yu, it was her fourth consecutive loss in the final of a Superseries event this year. David Njoku Youth Jersey . 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If Gio Gonzalez returns to form, the NL East race may soon develop into a runaway.Gonzalez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, Trea Turner and Wilson Ramos homered and the Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 on Friday night in a matchup of first-place teams.Washington jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against Jeff Samardzija (9-8), and Gonzalez made it stand up in arguably his finest outing of the season.Coming off a tough 3-1 loss in San Francisco on Sunday, Gonzalez (7-9) struck out seven, walked one and had five three-up, three-down innings.Gonzalezs ERA grew to 4.81 at the end of June, but hes brought it down to 4.13 after four consecutive starts with two or fewer earned runs allowed. Hes won three of those four starts.In a rotation that features Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and 11-game winner Tanner Roark, Gonzalez knows he has to be good to compete.Im just trying to keep up with the rest of the guys, Gonzalez said.On this night, the left-hander was as effective as any of them. The only hits he allowed were a solo homer by Angel Pagan in the fourth and a single by Denard Span in the sixth.He had good command, had his changeup working, an occasional breaking ball and he threw his fastball in and out, manager Dusty Baker said.Sammy Solis gave up two hits in the eighth and Mark Melancon got three straight outs to complete the four-hitter.It was the fourth straight win for the Nationals, who came in with a seven-game lead over Miami in the NL East.The Giants remain atop the NL West, though their lead is dwindling. Since the All-Star break, San Francisco is 5-14 and has scored two runs or fewer in nine of those games.Theyre going to come out of it, manager Bruce Bochy said. It better be sooner rather than later. We better get some good swings.Samardzija has certainly contributed to the slide. The right-hander gave up five runs in seven innings and is 0-3 with a 6.85 ERA in his four starts since the break.dddddddddddd.They got some good at-bats out there and definitely put the ball in play, Samardzija said.Two of the balls were knocked completely out of play: the fifth-inning homer by Turner and Ramos career-high 17th in the sixth.San Francisco pitchers have allowed 32 homers in the last 19 games.Daniel Murphy picked up his 81st RBI with a first-inning single, and Ramos followed with a sacrifice fly.Washington made it 3-0 in the third when Turner doubled and scored on a fly ball by Bryce Harper.Pagan got the Giants first hit with one out in the fourth, a drive into the left-field seats.SHORT HOPSGiants: Span has eight hits in his last 15 at-bats. ... San Francisco hasnt won two straight roads game since June 30 and July 1.Nationals: Jayson Werth has reached base in 36 straight games. ... 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