Yuqi Shi wins India Open singles title

Earlier, the doubles pair of Greysia Polii and Apriani Rahayu of Indonesia beat Thailand's Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-18, 21-15 to win the women's doubles title.

Yuqi Shi in action against Taiwan's Tien Chen Chou in the final of the India Open.   -  AFP

China's Yuqi Shi beat Taiwan's Tien Chen Chou 21-18, 21-14 to win the India Open men's title at the Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi on Sunday.

Chen took the early lead at 7-4 in the first game and even had a 4-point advantage at the midgame break at 11-7. Chen, with immaculate net play had Shi searching for answers but the Chinese crawled back into the game to draw level at 17-all.

Winning nine points on the trot, Shi got the momentum required and won the first game 21-18. Shi mixed his shots well to fox his opponent on many occasions.

In the second game, Shi took the lead with a cross-court winner and a drop shot and kept his command over the game. A plethora of unforced errors from Chen handed Shi the advantage and he stamped his authority on the match in style to win the title.

Earlier, the doubles pair of Greysia Polii and Apriani Rahayu of Indonesia beat Thailand's Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-18, 21-15 to win the women's doubles title.

Indonesia's Apriyani Rahayu (right) and Greysia Polii return to Thailand's Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai during their India Open final match.   -  AFP

 

Later, the Danish duo of Christinna Pedersen and Mathias Christiansen won the mixed doubles title after defeating the Indonesian pair of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti 21-14, 21-15 in 37 minutes. 

Greysia and Apriani were the slow starters and took the lead in the first game at 5-4. With some good play, the pair took four cpnsecutive points to surge into a healthy lead at 10-5 and consolidated their position. At 12-17, the Thailand pair did come close at 16-18 but the Indonesian pair kept their cool to triumph.

Kititharakul and Prajongjai started on an aggressive note in the second game and surged to a 5-2 lead and then to a 7-3 lead but Greysia and Apriani won five points on the trot to take a slender lead. With fortunes fluctuating, the teams drew level at 14-14 and then the Indonesian pair surged ahead with six points on the trot to virtually seal the game in their favour. A couple of points in the end from the Thailand pair wasn't enough to stop the Indonesians.