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PV Sinhu Beats Chen Yufei and reached the first finale of the season.



Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu enjoyed one of her finest hours of the season as she entered the finals of the Indonesia Open BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament with a straight-game win over All England Champion Chen Yufei of China here Saturday.

It was Chen who took the initiative in the first game, with Sindhu required to launch comebacks twice. Sindhu took the lead for the first time at 19-18, after a string of five consecutive points went in her favour. She finally took the first game 21-19.

Sindhu got off to a bad start in the second game as well, as Chen raced to a 4-0 lead. Sindhu fought back again to lead 10-8 at the interval. After the final interval, Chen could not find her way back into the match, as Sindhu took seven consecutive points to race to a 17-8 lead. She finally took the second game 21-10.

Chen, who won at Australia, Swiss and All England this year, has been the most prolific player this season and looked good in the first game but a fighting Sindhu held her own in the opening game and then completely dominated the second to seal the final spot.

Earlier, Sindhu had stormed into the semifinals by beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in straight games on Friday.

Sindhu hasn’t won a singles title this year and will be hoping she can break the drought in the final on Sunday. She has a 10-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi and so holds the edge in the final.


Retired judge to probe Hyderabad encounter, proposes Apex Court




New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it proposes to appoint a retired Supreme Court judge to conduct an inquiry into the Hyderabad ‘encounter’ involving four persons allegedly accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian.

Chief Justice S.A. Bobde said the court had initially asked former Supreme Court judge P.V. Reddi but he had declined to be involved in this inquiry. The apex court emphasised on an independent inquiry into the matter.

The Telangana government said it has complied with an earlier apex court judgement which laid down guidelines in encounter cases.

The apex court also asked the state to propose the name of a former judge and said it will conduct further hearing in the matter on Thursday.

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