Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Perasol sorry after losing his cool in UP loss to Ateneo: ‘I need to be better’ “The referees were [expletive] no doubt, [expletive] stupid,” said Akhuetie Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “That kalbo (bald) guy was very stupid.”Referee Jamie Rivano called a technical foul on Akhuetie at the 8:03 mark of the third with UP trailing, 39-32, but the 6-foot-7 center already ran the length of the court before the infraction was called.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The call riled up Perasol to such a degree that he charged Rivano less than a couple of minutes later prompting the official to toss him out at the 6:23 mark of the quarter with Ateneo ahead, 52-35.It took several players to restrain the usually mild-mannered Perasol from going after Rivano. “Trust me I was going to the same thing coach Bo did,” said Akhuetie, who finished with just six points and eight rebounds. “I was going to jump him but I tried to keep myself together because I wanted to win.”“He was so stupid, he gave me a tech for what?! I was far away from him and he gave me a tech, that was stupid.” LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments FILE – UP big man Bright Akhuetie, left, talks to his teammates Ricci Rivero, center, and Kobe Paras during a game against La Salle in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines’ Bright Akhuetie didn’t mince words as he expressed his displeasure over the officiating in the Fighting Maroons’ 89-63 loss to Ateneo in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Sunday.Akhuetie was called for an unusual technical foul in the third quarter, a call that drew the absolute ire and ultimately led to the ejection of UP head coach Bo Perasol.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images
Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 2020 PLAY LIST 02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202001:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Known as the “Odaiba Marine Park,” the water temperatures there were near danger levels in test events this summer for open-water swimming and triathlon. E. coli levels also plague the urban venue, and athletes have complained about the odors coming from the small inlet.“Here’s the reality,” Catherine Kase, who coaches open water for the United States Olympic team, said in an email to the Associated Press. “If a marathoner faints or passes out, they may get a few bumps and bruises. If the same thing happens to an open-water swimmer, the result could be lethal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Tokyo’s heat again is the main problem.Water temperatures in the venue this summer were very warm, climbing one day to 30.5 Celsius (86.9 Fahrenheit). That’s barely under the limit of 31C (87.8F) set by swimming’s world governing body FINA. The temperatures were consistently in the 29C-30C (84F-86F) range. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee FINA rules specify that the race will be shortened or canceled if temperatures go over the limit.FINA rules read: “All open-water swims’ alternative plans should be made in case environmental factors make the swim unsafe forcing it to be canceled or curtailed.”Kase added. “We would like to push for a viable back-up plan. The straightforward answer is that we are not comfortable with the Odaiba venue.”Kase noted that U.S. swimmers are advised against participating if temperatures exceed 29.45C (85F). She also said US swimmers can still choose to swim “and will likely feel pressure to do so” at big events like the Olympics.“Our athletes shouldn’t have to worry about health concerns as they’re preparing to compete in the race of their lives,” Kase wrote.ADVERTISEMENT In Tokyo, to counter E. coli levels, organizers have installed underwater screens that work as a filter. E. coli was within agreed limits on all but one day in test events this summer.But the screens also appeared to drive up water temperatures, and organizers plan to install triple screens for the Olympics.In a statement, Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya said “we will consider operating methods that can help suppress water temperatures, such as allowing the underwater screens to float, and opening them when the weather is good.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Pacquiao tormentor Juan Manuel Marquez named to Hall of Fame No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations MOST READ Athletes in outdoor water events at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics faced severe pollution in venues for rowing, sailing, canoeing, open-water swimming, and triathlon. But heat was not an issue.“We are following up with a company there (in Japan),” Marculescu said, “like we have done in Rio — the same story — with an official government company. We are looking at water temperatures, the quality of the water and all these kinds of things.”Water temperature was linked to the death of American swimmer Fran Crippen in 2010 at a distance swim in the United Arab Emirates. The autopsy concluded his death was from drowning, heat exhaustion, and included the possibility of a heart abnormality.It was the first competitive death in FINA’s history, and much of the blame was aimed at the swim body.The United States and Canada both withdrew their swimmers from an open-water race in October in Doha, Qatar. The race took place in the same body of water where Crippen died. Temperatures were again reported right at the FINA limit, and some reports said they were slightly above the limit.In an email, the Canadian Olympic Committee did not address the water issue specifically but said “we remain confident that the organizing committee and the IOC will take every precaution to ensure that the games are held safely and successfully.”Fernando Possenti, the open-water coach for the Brazilian Olympic team, said athletes need to deal with the environment and not waste time complaining about it.“Program yourself, adapt your athletes to this kind of condition,” Possenti said in an email to AP. “This particular sport contemplates direct contact with nature and its variables. Heat and humidity are two of them.”The Odaiba venue was picked partly because it offers picturesque 180-degree views of the skyscrapers that hug Tokyo Bay and the bridges that cross it.Television has a powerful say in scheduling and venue location. About three-quarters of the IOC income is from broadcast rights. The American network NBC has agreed to pay $7.75 billion to broadcast the Summer and Winter Olympics from 2022 through 2032. FILE – In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, athletes dive into the water at the start line during a women’s triathlon test event at Odaiba Marine Park, a venue for marathon swimming and triathlon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Tokyo. The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body want similar treatment: find an alternative to the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay known as the “Odaiba Marine Park.”(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)TOKYO — The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity.Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay.ADVERTISEMENT The venue also has water quality issues including E. coli bacteria and problems with water transparency. Tokyo organizers say bacteria levels fall within “agreed limits,” on most days, though rainfall exacerbates the problem.John Leonard, the executive director of the American Swimming Coaches Association, was even more emphatic about a move and placed much of the blame on FINA.“We support a change in venue,” he said in an email to AP. “The ASCA position is always to err on the side of safety for the athletes. FINA talks about safety and then does the opposite and puts athletes in harm’s way.”FINA and local organizers say there is no “B Plan.”The International Olympic Committee promised last month there would be no more venue changes. It made this pledge after angering Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who strongly opposed moving the marathons out of Tokyo to the norther city of Sapporo.The IOC said the decision was made, primarily to consider athletes who must run in the heat. But Koike’s allies characterized it as “an IOC-first decision, not an athletes-first decision.”Cornel Marculescu, the executive director of FINA, spoke cautiously in an interview with AP.Asked about the water temperatures at the venue, Marculescu replied: “I don’t want to comment,” he said, and suggested that elaborating could cause “problems.”“This is what it is,” he added. “We check the quality of the water, we check the temperature all the time.”Marculescu and local organizers say race times could to be moved up to very early in the morning, hoping to beat the heat. That was also an early strategy for the marathons and race walks before they were moved. Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday View comments
WCD road worksThe relocation of vendors at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara, continues to attract tension as some ofVendors constructing their new stallsthose who were instructed to remove from the public road to facilitate expansion works, continue to ply their trade there.The vendors were given up to Monday (June 13) to remove their stalls but according to vendors who have constructed new stalls in the environs of the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School, disunity among colleagues has led to slow sales.Guyana Times was told Monday that sales would improve if all of the sellers moved to the new location. As this is not happening, some threatened that if the others remain on the roadway, they too will return to the roads Tuesday despite being given instructions to the contrary.Hemraj Heeralall, 54, who has been vending over three years in the area, told this newspaper that at midday, he only made $200 whereas who could have made thousands more under normal circumstances. He noted that all vendors should relocate.This view was shared by Doreen, a greens vendor who noted that since she sells perishables, she cannot afford to stay inside the school street and allow her investments to go to waste: “We willing to go in but some people not going in, they not making no effort.”Doreen explained that she returned to the public road after noticing that some of her fellow vendors remained outside.Meanwhile Doreen Cameron a clothes vendor, explained that as a single parent, she finds it quite expensive to relocate. She noted that with her mounting bills – telephone and electricity, she has insufficient finances to make the move.She told Guyana Times on Saturday that apart from her own daughter, she maintains her niece and elderly mother.Vendor Dolly who moved into her relocated stall told this newspaper that the slow sales are affecting her finances. She noted that this will hinder her ability to repay her house mortgage, which has six years remaining.Vendors are calling for a sign to be erected in front of the street identifying the new location, and for something to be done about the vendors who are not cooperating.An official from the Communities Ministry visited the area to assess the plight of the vendors.On Friday last some 65 vendors of Vreed-en-Hoop agreed to be relocated to facilitate works under the West Coast Demerara Road Project. However, there is a dispute over the land which the vendors were to occupy. Godfrey Bess supposedly has paperwork to prove that the land, said to be government reserve, belongs to him.Despite this claim, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure gave the vendors permission to construct new stalls in the environs of the Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School.Originally the vendors were to be moved to a tarmac in Pouderoyen that was ineptly constructed for a market, but they rejected this proposal.When Guyana Times spoke with vendors on Saturday, the majority said they do not have an issue with the relocation but noted that Bess threatened to dismantle their stalls.When Guyana Times revisited the location Monday, no stalls were dismantled.It was at a meeting with Junior Minister of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson that some 65 vendors agreed to relocate. While it was stated that the move was only temporary, the vendors in reality will not be allowed to return to their former location.
Digicel Guyana Inc customers are in for a treat as the telephone giant promises that “unlimited rollover data and talk” and “lost data and talk” features are now in the past due to the emergence of a new and exciting structure that takes effect today.The total communications and entertainment provider announced that all prepaid and postpaid customers can browse, stream, share and chat to their hearts content on Digicel’s 4G network and roll over all their unused bundle.The company noted that its customers will find Unlimited Rollover Data and Talk easy to understand and easy to use.By simply renewing their smart bundle before it expires or paying their post-paid bill on time, customers can immediately start enjoying these amazing benefits. Prepaid customers also get to retain their unused bundle if they choose to upgrade to a higher plan.Gregory Dean, CEO for Digicel Guyana, said “This is all about simplicity and putting our customers in control. What people want most of out of their smartphone experience is to be able to enjoy every bit of data and voice they paid for. With unlimited rollover, customers keep what theirs is rightfully for as long as they want to and use it whenever they want.” Digicel’s Smart Bundles are designed to keep customers always on and always connected to the things they love. Jam-packed with value, Digicel’s Smart Bundles combine data, talk and text.Plus, with MyDigicel app, customers can easily track their usage. With Unlimited Rollover, Digicel is ensuring customers always win.
Ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2016 semi-final between France and Germany, check out this horror tackle from a meeting at the 1982 World Cup. It was West Germany v France at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with the former winning 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw. It is nearly 34 years to the day since goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clattered into France’s Patrick Battiston. As he made a late run from midfield into the box, the Frenchman hit the ball past the on-running shot-stopper, his effort going just wide of the post, but he was sent crashing to the ground. As he lay still on the ground, the goalkeeper was bemused, unaware of the seriousness of the challenge, as he stood ready to take the goal-kick – see above!Battiston was stretchered off in a neck brace and he lost three teeth and is said to still be struggling with back problems as a result of the collision.Goalkeeper Schumacher escaped without punishment, going on to be the shootout hero as he saved two penalties.The nations met two years later and the pair reportedly exchanged shirts in private after the game.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A masked gunman robbed a Lancaster financial institution and escaped in a minivan, deputies said. Deputies watched the Antelope Valley Freeway and searched for the getaway vehicle, but it disappeared after the 9 a.m. Friday robbery at Fireside Thrift in the 43900 block of 15th Street West. No one was hurt in the robbery, deputies said. The robber, armed with a pistol, was described as an African-American man in his 30s, wearing a black sweat shirt and black pants and with a surgical-type mask over his face. He drove off in a red Ford Aerostar minivan. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Anyone with information on the suspect was asked to call the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station at (661) 948-8466.
A Senate spending panel has praised a new translational center at the National Institutes of Health but scolded NIH officials for how it was created. The language accompanies the 2012 spending bill approved Wednesday by the Senate Appropriations Committee that would trim NIH’s budget by 0.6% next year, to $30.5 billion. The new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) would receive $582 million under the legislation, which still must be approved by the full Senate and then negotiated with the House of Representatives, which has yet to act on NIH’s 2012 budget. NIH had requested $722 million for NCATS, most of it from moving existing programs at the National Center for Research Resources, which is being closed, into NCATS. NIH had also requested $100 million within NCATS for the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), a new program created by the 2010 health care reform bill. Instead, the Senate panel gave CAN $20 million. In a report accompanying the bill, the committee lauds the creation of NCATS, which it calls “nothing less than fundamentally changing the way NIH pursues the translation of basic science into treatments and cures.” But the committee is “disappointed by the way the Administration requested it.” The president’s 2012 budget released in February included only a “vague description” of NCATS and no budget details, which “caused unnecessary uncertainty” and “contributed to the impression that it was being rushed.” NIH should keep those lessons in mind as it proceeds over the next 2 years with plans to merge its two addiction institutes, the committee says. 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The panel said it was “deeply disturbed” by a recent analysis finding that black scientists are far less likely to win research grants than white scientists. While it applauds NIH for taking what it calls “significant actions designed to redress the disparities,” the panel warns that “ultimately, … NIH will be judged on whether the disparities are reduced.” It asks for an update next year on the situation.
Scores of people take expensive management training to learn how to guide colleagues toward a common goal, but maybe they could get less costly lessons by watching how certain fish take the lead in their schools. After training about 90 golden shiners (Notemigonus crysoleucas, seen above) to find a dish of fish food, scientists tagged these potential leaders, released them back in the tank individually with eight untrained fish, and then waited to see what would happen. In some cases, a veteran fish swam around as if it had never been in the tank before, leaving its schoolmates equally confused. Others made a beeline for the soggy fare and were more likely to reach it, but in their haste failed to communicate with fellow fish and left them in their wake. Most of the trained shiners, however, were effective leaders; just assertive enough to indicate which direction the school should travel but not so assertive that they lost the group and the protection it provided, the scientists report online before print in The American Naturalist. The study is the first to show experimentally that such a tradeoff—between achieving a goal as quickly as possible and keeping followers—exists in animals other than humans, possibly revealing some fundamental component of good leadership, the researchers say. So, the next time you need to get your colleagues to meet a deadline, why not give channeling your inner golden shiner a try?
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter’s on-loan striker Gabigol could be heading to Crystal Palace or West Ham, according to reports, if Flamengo cannot agree a permanent deal. The Brazilian recently scored both goals in the final of the Copa Libertadores against River Plate to secure the title for Flamengo, who signed him on loan for a year at the beginning of 2019. His performances have seemingly caught the eye of clubs around Europe after he scored 31 goals in 38 competitive games. Fcinternews.it reports that Crystal Palace and West Ham are interested in signing the 23-year-old. Inter had reportedly been ready to accept €22m from Flamengo for Gabriel Barbosa, going back to when the two clubs both agreed on the loan deal. However, the report states that in light of his performances, Inter are now hoping for a bidding war. Inter would then use the money to strengthen Antonio Conte’s squad. Conte has been complaining for several months about the lack of depth and wants reinforcements. Inter are hoping to sell Gabigol for around €30m. It is thought that Schalke are also interested in the Brazilian. Gabigol only scored one goal for Inter in nine appearances and never made the starting XI.
Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu caused a huge upset, stunning World No.2 Wang Yihan of China in straight games to enter the semi-finals of the women’s singles category at the ongoing Rio Olympics. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)Faced with a much higher rated opponent, the 21-year-old from Hyderabad scripted a 22-20, 21-19 victory in 54 minutes over the former World No.1 at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 here on Tuesday.Sindhu will face World no.6 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the last-four stage. Okuhara defeated compatriot Akane Yamaguchi 11-21, 21-17, 21-10 in a hard-fought all-Japan quarter-final clash which dragged on for one hour and eight minutes.Talking after Tuesday’s quarter-final, Sindhu asserted that she is determined to produce a similar effort in the semi-finals and create history by becoming the first Indian shuttler — male or female — to enter the Olympic final.”Yes, this is one of the most satisfying wins that I have played. I have played Wang Yihan several times and sometimes she plays a different game. This one was one of the best, and I hope it will happen in the next game,” she said.”In the first game, she shot very well. My win was not really luck, since she played brilliantly. I was down in that game, but then I came back. Even though she was leading, I knew the game could change any moment. After that the score was going equal and it was not easy to get a point for either of us,” she added.”I think we both played really hard.”advertisementSindhu opined that she managed to be patient despite the numerous ups and downs during that game which worked in her favour.”There was no particular turning point in the game, but there were big rallies and she was attacking well. In the beginning my shuttles were going out, but later on they went perfectly,” she remarked.”If there was a turning point it was that I was really patient. That worked.”‘SPIRITED PERFORMANCE’Sindhu’s coach and childhood idol Pullela Gopichand heaped praise on the star shuttler.”I think Sindhu played really well and it was a very spirited performance. From the very beginning both the players really fought like hell. Sindhu had a good lead in the second game but Wang Yihan recovered very well. Yet Sindhu remained calm and became aggressive in the last few points to finish it off,” Gopichand said.”She was playing to a specific plan and Sindhu did straight get into retrieving action and negated Wang Yihan’s attack. She was smart and she started attacking Sindhu’s forehand right away but Sindhu gave it back with some great smashes,” he added.”All in all, I think great game by Sindhu showed a very great good attitude and a performance at a high level. There is chance of improvement in a couple of areas, but undeniably the way she fought and the way she pulled the strategy through it was very good very. To feel confident about the defence and then do it at the big points is commendable.”‘GREAT FIGHTER’ The former All England Open champion asserted that Sindhu can challenge the best shuttlers in the world on a regular basis if she manages to become more consistent.”She’s performed well in big events, when she’s had time to prepare well. She has been inconsistent a few times squandering leads, but it’s part of growing up. She’s young and she has time and age on her side,” the 42-year-old asserted.”She is a great fighter and has a great work ethic. In my book she can do a notch higher, but what she did was fantastic.”Wang, who had taken silver at the 2012 London Olympics, was expected to be the stronger of the two in Tuesday’s encounter, but it was Sindhu who dominated most of the exchanges.The World no.10 Indian won the majority of the long rallies and used her power-packed smashes and cross-court shots to good effect.Wang, whose weak back-hand caught her off-guard several times, came up with a tough fight, but could not do enough to stop Sindhu.The match witnessed a lot of long rallies with both players displaying plenty of skills, excellent court coverage and a superb sense of placement.Wang, a former World and Asian champion, had the stronger start, outfoxing Sindhu time and again with her clever placements which often forced the Indian to make mistakes.The reigning Asian Games champion opened up a 3-0 lead early on before the Indian made a strong comeback to draw level at 5-5.advertisementThe two players continued to fight it out tooth and nail, with every point being well-contested.However, a couple of unforced errors cost Sindhu dearly and the Chinese went into the mid-game break with a 11-8 lead.REMARKABLE COMEBACKSindhu came back firing on all cylinders after the break and reduced the deficit to 11-12. The Chinese increased the lead by a point with a long cross-court shot, but Sindhu kept asking the difficult questions and levelled the scores at 13-13 when the under-pressure Wang hit a shot too long.Another unforced error from Sindhu saw the Chinese regain the lead almost immediately. But the Hyderabad girl continued to fight hard and took the lead for the first time at 15-14.Wang then took three points on the trot to regain the advantage.But Sindhu levelled again at 17-17 before Wang hit a return into the net to concede the lead once again. But Sindhu let go the advantage in the very shot when she hit her return too long.A couple of consecutive points saw Sindhu gon into game point at 20-18. But an extremely long rally saw Wang save game point with an excellent cross-court shot.Wang then drew level thanks to another unforced error by her opponent.But a net shot handed Sindhu another game point at 21-20 before the Chinese hit an attempted return over the sideline to hand the Indian the first game.Sindhu took the lead several times in the early stages of the second game but Wang drew level on every occasion.Three consecutive points handed Sindhu a 5-2 lead. Wang managed to pull a point back, but Sindhu dominated the Chinese in the long rallies to score another three points on the trot to clinch a five-point lead.Wang continued to produce a strong challenge and made a fine comeback with her deceptive shots at the net proving to be difficult for Sindhu.The 28-year-old Chinese reduced Sindhu’s lead to 10-8 before the Hyderabad shuttler hit a powerful smash out of Wang’s reach to go into the break with a three-point lead.SINDHU MAINTAINED COMPOSUREThe 21-year-old Indian continued to maintain her lead after the break although Wang was never really out of the picture.Serving at 16-13, Sindhu took two back to back points before Wang claimed five consecutive points to draw level at 18-18.The former World No.1 then took the lead with a powerful cross-court smash.Not to be outdone, Sindhu drew level with a clever placement and went into game and match point with a powerful smash into Wang’s body.An unforced error by Wang then handed Sindhu a well-earned victory.