India beat Bangladesh to reach World Cup semis

first_imgBy Julian LindenINDIA, growing in confidence with every match, thrashed Bangladesh by 109 runs on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.The defending world champions made light work of their clash at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, outclassing their Asian neighbours to stretch their unbeaten run at the tournament to seven games.India will now play either Australia or Pakistan in the semi-finals in Sydney next week and on current form, they will be hard to beat.Batting first, India compiled a daunting total of 302 for six, built on the back of a magnificent century from Rohit Sharma, who completed his first World Cup hundred with a slice of luck.One of the most dangerous batsmen in the world, his return to form could not have come at a better time for an Indian team that struggled in the lead-up to the World Cup but is rapidly gaining momentum.Rohit was caught in the deep when he was on 90 but was given a second life when the umpires ruled that Rubel Hossain’s delivery was above waist-height and therefore a no-ball, although television replays suggested otherwise.Rohit went on to make 137 off 126 balls, highlighted by 14 boundaries and three sixes, while the left-handed Suresh Raina chipped in a with a quickfire 65 after India had waddled along to 115-3 and needed a lift.Bangladesh, appearing in their first World Cup quarter-final, kept the Indian batsmen in check through the first 35 overs, stalling their run-rate with their spin bowlers.But they dropped their heads after Rohit was given his reprieve and gave up 147 runs off the last 15 overs, leaving themselves a near impossible run-chase at one of cricket’s biggest and most intimidating cauldrons.Bangladesh are one of the most improved sides in cricket. They beat England to make the quarter-finals but found India too hot.Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes came out all guns blazing, smacking 31 off the first six overs but when they fell in successive balls in the next over the run-chase was doomed.Their frustrations were compounded by India’s excellent fielding, once one of their weakest points but now one of their strongest.India have bowled out their opponents in all seven matches they have played at the World Cup, another ominous warning for their remaining challengers.Shikhar Dhawan took a juggled catch on the fine leg boundary rope to send Mahmudullah, who had scored two consecutive hundreds in the Pool stage, on his way for 21.Then the Indian captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a diving catch to remove Soumya Sarkar for 29 to effectively end any hopes of a Bangladesh upset.last_img read more

SEA Games: PH beach spikers bring home bronze medals

first_imgThailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Filipino surfer saves Indonesian rival from big waves amid gold medal battle MOST READ Rondina and Pons bested Serene Ng and Ee Shan Lau, 21-17, 21-13, before Gervacio and Rodriguez pulled off a 21-18, 21-16 victory over Eliza Chong and Gladys Lee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino volleybelles Cherry Ann Rondina (front) and Bernadeth Pons (behind) hold their ground against Thailand’s Varapatsorin Radarong and Khanttha Hongpak at the Beach VolleyballDecember 3, 2019. INQUIRER PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDESUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Missing the chance to play for gold, the Philippine men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams ended their sojourn in the 30th Southeast Asian Games with a pair of bronze medals at the expense of Singapore Friday night.Jaron Requinton and Jude Garcia downed Ray Meng Trevis Tan and Kingsley Tai, 25-23, 21-13, to wrap up the men’s campaign on a positive note.ADVERTISEMENT “We wanted this medal so badly that we made it our motivation to win,’’ said Requinton after finishing off the Singaporeans in their tight battle for third.James Buytrago and Requinton initially lost to the Singaporean tandem of Tai and Fan Yang Shen, 20-22, 22-20, 15-7, before the Filipinos forced a decider with a 21-14, 21-14 triumph courtesy of Edmar Bonono and Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4It was a fitting ending to the Filipino beach spikers stint after the women’s squad composed of Sisi Rondina, Bernadeth Pons, Dzi Gervacio and Dij Rodriguez grabbed the bronze also from Singapore in two games.The men’s team claimed a medal for the first time in these Games while the women’s squad had not secured a medal of any color since winning the gold in the 2005 Manila SEA Games. Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Efren ‘Bata’ Reyes may be losing his magic, but his legacy is intact

first_imgTaal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China SEA Games: PH Blu Girls sweep their way to softball gold No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The 65-year-old Reyes had lost his touch, but every now and then, he could still pull a rabbit out of hat even at his advanced age.Reyes, a many-time world champion, showed vintage form when he outclassed Thailand’s Punyawee Thongchai with a 100-37 rout in 1-Cushion Carom three days ago.But that turned out to be Reyes’ final act as he took a 100-14 beating at the hands of Vietnamese ace nearly half his age in the 38-year-old Dinh Nai Ngo to settle for another SEA Games bronze.Ngo, a world champion in carom, hardly gave Reyes any chance in their match.But after the two shook hands, it was clear that Reyes still has it despite his diminished state as Ngo asked for a picture with the Filipino icon, whom he called a “legend.”ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ Efren “Bata” Reyes in what could be his final SEA Games stint. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines —The curtain is closing on pool’s most fascinating magician.For decades, Efren “Bata” Reyes weaved his magic on the pool table on his way to becoming the sport’s greatest.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze“Of course they know me. I used to go to their country and beat all of them,” Reyes said.Reyes is still uncertain about retirement, but even if he decides to finally walk away and fade into the background, his legacy won’t.“He is everyone’s idol. He is the G.O.A.T., he is the greatest,” women’s world pool champion Rubilen Amit told INQUIRER.net Saturday. “Ask every other world champion, every other world No. 1 in the sport, they will all say tatay Efren is the G.O.A.T.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On Friday, however, Reyes may have just made his final Southeast Asian Games appearance quite fittingly in front of a hometown crowd which he had captivated with his wizardry and unmatched charisma throughout his storied career.“I can’t really tell, but it’s been difficult because my skills are diminishing instead of improving,” Reyes admitted in Filipino, flashing his signature smile.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4‘Bata’ Reyes admits: Magic is gone LATEST STORIES Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations MOST READ Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers fleelast_img read more

Pike Place Party Seattle’s market celebrates 100-year anniversary

first_img“The market defines Seattle,” said Seattle City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck, whose father, Victor Steinbrueck, is credited with saving Pike Place Market in the 1970s. “It embodies the best of Seattle – our people and our diversity.” Locals, tourists and descendants of the market founders gathered Friday to celebrate the market’s endurance. Events included a reenactment of the first day of market sales, a giant birthday cake and a championship salmon toss. The market’s place in Seattle has varied over the 100 years of its existence, ebbing with the development of downtown Seattle and growing with support from the city and citizen groups. After the market’s beginnings in 1907, it grew to house 515 stalls in 1939. The signature clock and Public Market sign were installed in 1927. The market continues to raise money for renovations through various campaigns. In 1986 the market installed Rachel, a life-sized piggy bank, which raises $9,000 a year. By Annie Flanzraich THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE – Decades before the original Starbucks, salmon-tossing fishmongers and Rachel the life-sized piggy bank made the Pike Place Market an international tourist attraction, there were eight wagons filled with produce and consumers hungry to avoid the rising price of onions. When the Seattle landmark opened in 1907, middlemen had driven the price of a pound of onions from 10 cents to a dollar. Consumers wanted to buy directly from the farmer, connect with their neighbors and socialize. A century later, it draws both locals out for a week’s worth of fresh produce and tourists from around the world. The fishmongers that throw fish behind Rachel and the first Starbucks coffee store, have come to represent Seattle to visitors. Vendors at the market said the 100-year anniversary is a reaffirmation of the values that Pike Place stands for. “It’s a joy to work here because we know that we’re selling produce that’s 10 times fresher than big-box stores,” said Mark Eskenazi-Suemanzo who has worked for 10years at one of the market’s oldest produce vendors, Sosios. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mind made up! Liverpool to sign Chelsea striker this summer

first_img Dominic Solanke pictured arriving for Chelsea’s game at Sunderland this season Liverpool are tipped to sign Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke this summer in a deal worth £8m.The 19-year-old’s current contract exires this summer and he has reportedly informed friends that he wishes to sign for the Reds.Solanke is an England Under-21 international, but has only made one appearance for Chelsea in two seasons with the senior squad, and according to The Sun he will reject advances from Celtic to play for Jurgen Klopp. Last May it was reported that Solanke was demanding Chelsea increase his weekly wage from £7,000 to £50,000, following a loan spell with Vitesse Arnhem.Although Solanke will be out of contract, due to his age the fee – expected to be in the region on £8m – would be set by tribunal.Here is all you need to know about the player… 1last_img read more

Club’s fall boutique to benefit school

first_img“Come on by and shop,” said member Mary O’Malley. “It’s a good thing we do.” For more information, call Helen Mendler, (661) 270-9642 or Sofia Fentress, (661) 943-3268. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for the suggested donation of $2. Monday: Columbus Day holiday. Tuesday: Ham slice, sweet potato, broccoli, coleslaw, applesauce. Wednesday: Orange chicken, macaroni salad, corn, lettuce and tomato salad, peaches. Thursday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes, parslied carrots, coleslaw, cookies. Friday: Chicken casserole, wild rice, Normandy vegetables, Caesar salad, orange. Bettie Rencoret (661) 943-2998160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Vendors will feature a variety of seasonal holiday fun things, baked goods and the ever-popular pepper bellies. The sale is one of several charity benefits conducted annually by the club, whose members pride themselves on patriotism, compassion for the unfortunate, respect and concern for the elderly and dedication to education. “We are a group connected by our single-minded efforts to make life a little easier for those who need our help,” said Ginny Beaver, now in her second term as president. “We’re actually a sisterhood of women who work well together to accomplish our goals as part of the Sierra-Cahuenga District, California Federation of Woman’s Clubs.” Jordana Beaver, her daughter and Miss Quartz Hill for 2006, is the club’s membership chairman. She invites other young women to join her in helping to bring about as many positive societal changes as possible by joining their youthful energies to the years of experience of the older club members. “By pooling our resources, we can only make major beneficial differences,” she said. “We hope everyone will turn out for the boutique and stop to talk to one of us about membership.” QUARTZ HILL Nippy fall weather has a way of ushering in the season for gift giving. Stores are beginning to put out Christmas and Hanukkah decorations alongside Halloween witches and goblins, and the Quartz Hill Woman’s Club is not an organization to be outdone. Every fall, the club hosts a boutique to benefit charity that offers many one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items and home-baked goodies. This sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lane Park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8. This year’s beneficiary will be Joe Walker Middle School. last_img read more

See highlights of Hearts’ league win over Partick Thistle

first_imgBoos rang out among sections of the capacity home crowd before Hearts fans started to chant: ‘There’s only one Robbie Neilson’.The plane eventually disappeared after around 10 minutes and within that time Hearts had already created one really good opportunity. Watch highlights of Hearts’ 1-0 win over Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership.Arnaud Djoum’s first half header was enough to see off Partick Thistle and move Hearts to within six points of Aberdeen in the Premiership.The Belgian found the net from a Don Cowie corner in the 25th minute as Robbie Neilson’s side registered a third successive win.Supporters were distracted as soon as the match got under way by a bizarre protest. A plane flew over the stadium carrying the message: ‘No style no bottle Neilson out’.last_img read more

Picture Special: Over 1,000 people take part in annual farm walk

first_imgA record-breaking 1,000 people walked through Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, September 22 for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk.With the sun shining, the walkers stepped up for a variety of local causes, with a total of 47 community groups and bodies represented this year.Since 2007, community members have made their way across the stunning landscape between the two wind farms to raise vital funding for community projects in areas including Ballybofey, Cloghan, Convoy, Curragh, Drumkeen, Letterkenny, Stranorlar and Finn Valley.SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Lifford generate over 100MW of clean, green energy combined.As always, walkers had the opportunity to get up close with several of the 63 wind turbines at the two wind farms, while enjoying views of some of the region’s most scenic landmarks, including Mount Errigal and Barnesmore Gap, as well as the outskirts of Letterkenny town.Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said: “It was great to have a record number of community members and local groups taking part and demonstrating true community spirit. Most importantly, the money raised will benefit a wide variety of community groups and projects. SSE Airtricity is really proud to sponsor this event every year, which makes such a difference for the communities local to our wind farms.”Vilot hamiltona nd Anne Marie Gibson at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonStephen Toland, John Tonner and Liam Mailey at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonCnor Mangan, Catherine Mangan, Lesley Browne, Soricha Bulger, Rodney Deary and Rose Deary at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonPaddy Long, Caoimhe Long and Scatha Farrell at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonHilary Pearson, Julie McConnell and Kathleen O’Leary running for Santana Hurling Club at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonNoreen McGettigan on her 4th lap at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonDion Caterson, Linda Caterson, TJ Leaper, Amy Caterson, Daiy Leaper and Hilary Magee at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonMichael Galalgher and Francie Scanlon at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonWalkers enjoying ther morning walk at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonIla GRegg and Ilana Laird at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonPauirc McKelvey , Cormack McKelvey and Noreen McKelvey waling for Red Hughs at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonCormack Hegarty and DAvid Hegarty walking for Ballybofey United at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonPat ChambersWalkers getting refreshments at the halfway stage of the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonBlue Sy’s break out at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonDiane Porter, Melaney, Pearson, Kimberly Pearson and Hannah Gibson at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonOwen McNulty, Breda McNulty, Conal McNulty and Anne Kelly at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonLouise Doehrty, Finnula Bates and Diane Gallagher at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonRobert Tshimbudzi and Ayesha Tshimbudzi at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonLouise McCrossan Donegal Down Syndrom walking in Memory of Paul Harte at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonRichard McMahona nd CArmel Curran at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny Rugby Club out in force at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonErrigal and Muckish in the background at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farm Walk on Saturday 22 September for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk. Photo Clive WassonPicture Special: Over 1,000 people take part in annual farm walk was last modified: September 24th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farmlast_img read more

3 Catchphrases for Spotting Accountability Avoiders—Go Get’em!

first_imgA few years ago I was at a seminar where the speaker highlighted some of the worst things he heard over the course of his extensive career as a business consultant.  I got my popcorn ready because I figured some salacious stories were coming my way.  Instead I learned more about failed accountability than you can ever imagine.  I took the stories shared by Dale Henry (the speaker) and reflected upon the catchphrases I hear all the time.  Dale had two that stood out—“It’s not my job” and “It’s not personal, it’s business.”  He highlighted these as two of the most offensive things he hears when dealing with modern business operators.  The moral of his tale was that these two phrases reflect the withering of personal components to business.  These made me think though.  I reflected upon the worst things I’ve heard from professionals across all industries since I began my career nearly 15 years ago.  When thinking about the things people say to absolve themselves, one area has always troubled me—accountability.  It has become the modern-day leprosy.  It astonishes me how many people avoid accountability.  Too few and far between “own” their mistakes or mishaps.  Instead we hear these three all-too-common catchphrases when failure darkens our doors:“That’s not in my job description”—People use this to say I can’t be held accountable for a particular issue because it wasn’t in my wheelhouse.  I can’t be held accountable because this wasn’t in my original set of responsibilities.  The issue is the job description is never going to clearly stipulate every potential responsibility.  In fact, in the modern world of work it is almost impossible to stipulate every responsibility but it is possible to ensure that all operators are accountable for organizational success or failure.  With that in mind, the success of the organization is ALWAYS in your job description.“It’s is my fault but…” – People have a tendency to associate accountability with blame.  This typically reflects a failed culture where punitive measures have gotten out of whack.  Failure is a part of innovation and drives learning almost as much if not more than success.  We all recall our parents telling us to learn from our mistakes.  I believe it was Thomas Wayne who asked Bruce Wayne, “Why do we fall?” The eventual Batman’s response was “So we can get back up.”  A common tactic is share the blame with everyone else when fearing accountability.  Don’t fear accountability.  Fear not learning from mistakes.I tried to help them but they wouldn’t listen”—Who doesn’t like an “I told you so?”  People dislike a know-it-all as much as anything else.  In the workplace, this phrase reflects a desire to divorce oneself from the outcome by saying that they anticipated it but no one listened.  The issue with this fallacy is that rarely do groups ignore a solid argument preventing failure.  So accountability merely shifts from saying something to saying it strongly.  Either way, this catchphrase rests in the minds of those Eddie-Haskell- or Kimmy-Gibbler-like colleagues who never want to own initiatives whether destined for success or failure.  Don’t ride the fence.  Own initiatives and their outcomes!For HR professionals accountability is all-the-more critical as the outcomes affect people AND the bottom line.  This is why ensuring someone understands accountability is absolutely critical.  This is where competency-based certification matters most.  With competency-based testing you can tell if someone understands the most accountable strategy for handling a difficult situation.  You cannot assess this with knowledge and application items.  Knowing which law applies to a situation where someone is seeking accountability is NOT the same as understanding how to drive accountability and ensuring that accountable behavior is exhibited. Can you think of a colleague who demonstrated exceptional accountability?  What made their efforts extraordinary?  What would you do to mimic these behavioral competencies?last_img read more

Sindhu loses to Xuerui in Denmark Open final

first_imgGiant-killer PV Sindhu of India faltered against Olympic badminton champion Li Xuerui of China to lose in the women’s singles final of the $650,000 Denmark Open Superseries Premier on Sunday.Double World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu lost to title holder and former World No.1 Xuerui 19-21, 12-21 in 47 minutes at the Odense Sports Park to bring an end to a glorious run from the Hyderabadi.With this win, fourth seed Xuerui not only took a 3-2 lead in career meetings against world No.13 Sindhu but also pocketed her 13th Superseries title.Sindhu had earlier registered upsetting wins over third seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, sixth seed Yihan Wang of China and two-time reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in her previous three matches.But on Sunday, 20-year-old Sindhu was up against an opponent who was too strong to give her the first Superseries title. The 24-year-old Chinese opened up a 5-2 lead but Sindhu came out fighting and equalised with three back-to-back points.Till 8-8, it was a see-saw battle but the Hyderabadi showed why she has earned a big reputation of big surprising performance. Sindhu, coached by Pullella Gopichand, raced to a 15-10 lead after earning eight consecutive points.But the game saw a ferocious shift in momentum as Xuerui unleashed her delectable drop shots and crisp cross-court smashes to good effects. With this she equalised at 17-point mark and later pocketed the first game 21-19.Following the performance, it seemed world No.6 Xuerui had won the mental game. And as soon as the second game started, she was in complete control, playing with ease. The double World Championships silver medallist blitzed her way to a 6-1 lead that swelled to 13-4 at one stage.advertisementEven though Sindhu tried to force her way back, it was not enough. She bagged four points on the trot but that was hardly an effort that rattled the fourth seed Xuerui, who utilised her experience to the maximum by controlling the pace of the game.Xuerui pocketed the second game 21-12 and the match that saw her clinch the biggest singles title of the year.last_img read more