Oh what a smash! Takahashi's left-handed and what's that about lefties just making it look nicer? Hits it across the line and beats Sindhu comprehensively. 2-2 now.
Takahashi takes the lead before hitting one out, 3-3 now.
Smack! Three points in a row for Takahashi — Sindhu trails 3-6.
That's more like it from Sindhu, cuts the lead to two points. 4-6 now.
There was an appeal in the point before - Sindhu trails 6-7 now.
Takahashi's game looks very good. She scampers across the court very nimbly and seems to reach returns surprisingly fast. She leads 8-6 now
And smash! Another left-handed rocket from Takahashi. 9-6 to the Japanese.
A roar from the Siri Fort Complex and that means a point for Sindhu. She trails 8-9 now.
She's got to keep this up Sindhu -- she's troubling Takahashi at the net and should capitalise on this point-winning run.
9-9! Takahashi hits it out.
Sindhu takes the lead too! 10-9
Right back at you from Takahashi and it's 10-10.
Net! Takahashi hits the net as Sindhu returns straight into her body - and the Indian takes a 11-10 lead into the break.
Her smashes are quite lethal, and Takahashi evens things a 11-11 immediately after the break.
Again trouble at the net for the Japanese - Sindhu is bringing her as close as possible, and gets the point. Sindhu 12-11 Takahashi now.
Sindhu leaves and it's in. Oops. 12-12.
Great rally and Sindhu done in by the disguised shot. Sindhu obviously thought another smash was coming, but it drops short of her racquet. 13-13 now.
Plays it away from Takahashi and the intended smash raps the net. Sindhu leads 14-13.
Again! Another shot close to the net and Takahashi fail to get the elevation. 15-13 to Sindhu.
Net again! Takahashi seems to be weak trying to get under the shuttle at her wrong side. 16-13.
And now two points for Takahashi, brilliant placing on both occasions. Cuts Sindhu's lead to 16-15.
Oh that was an ugly shot. Sindhu seemed confused what to do with that return to the centre of the court and she puts it out. Trails 16-17.
And she's back in it! Error from Takahashi and it hits the net, she leads 18-17 now.
Lovely, just lovely from Sindhu. Makes a fool of Takahashi with a classic drop shot. Takahashi is not even close. 18-18.
What's that? Takahashi's drop shot straight out. Close, challenged and in. Sindhu trails 18-19
High shot trying to lure Takahashi and it's gone out! Sindhu trails 19-20.
Wow, high serve and Sindhu's return is straight into the net and she's lost the first game 19-21.
Game two starts and Takahashi storms into a 3-1 lead.
How fast is that? Takahashi moves Sindhu left, right and then hits it back to her left. 5-1 to the Japanese now.
What a rally! That was phenomenal! Ends with Sindhu playing it very close to the net and Takahashi's return is into the net. Sindhu trails 2-5.
And another point — Sindhu is back in this 4-5.
5-5! Takahashi's errors can't be explained
That's better from the Japanese -- does the tough work better. 6-5 after a fine return.
7-5 now as Sindhu's high return falls out.
Takahashi stretches but can't recover. Sindhu takes the point. Trails 6-7 now.
And another shot into the net from Takahashi! It's 7-7 now.
Hit it close and fast and Takahashi can't free her arms. Sindhu 9-7 now.