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

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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.

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Maruti Suzuki launched vehicle lease subscription service.

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  • Maruti and Orix Auto ties up offer vehicle lease subscription service.
  • Maruti will initially start this pilot project only in Gurugram and Bengaluru.

Maruti Suzuki India has launched a vehicle lease subscription service for individual customers, christened as Maruti Suzuki Subscribe. The company has tied up with Orix Auto Infrastructure Services to launch the service for the Indian market.

Through this service, Maruti Suzuki would offer cars for subscription as a pilot project in Gurugram and Bengaluru. Models available under the subscription service will be initially limited to the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Dzire, Vitara Brezza and Ertiga from the Arena channel. Under the Nexa channel, the brand will offer models such as the Baleno, Ciaz and XL6 for subscription based services.

Customers can choose subscription for a period of 24 months, 36 months or 48 months under the program. The payment will include usage of the vehicle, maintenance and other common services related to the vehicle ownership. The subscription charges cover annual usage of 18,000kms. Beyond this limit, customers will be charged Rs 7/km excluding taxes.

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