Highlights, Denmark Open SSP, quarter-finals, badminton results: Kidambi Srikanth enters semis; Saina Nehwal ousted

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Highlights, Denmark Open SSP, quarter-finals, badminton results: Kidambi Srikanth enters semis; Saina Nehwal ousted
  • 01:02 (IST)

    And that's it from us. A mixed day for the Indian badminton fans as Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy suffered defeat, while Kidambi Srikanth registered a come-from-behind win to stun World No 1 Viktor Axelsen in the quarter-finals. 

    Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Goodbye!

  • 00:13 (IST)

    Srikanth defeats Axelsen: 14-21, 22-20, 21-7

    It was just unbelievable how Axelsen, the world champion squandered a two-point lead at 19-17 in the second game (after winning the opening game 21-14) and let Srikanth come back to snatch it. Credit goes to Srikanth for turning the game around from there. He targeted the sidelines often and forced Axelsen to hit the shuttle wide. This win is nothing but a statement from the Indian.

  • 00:00 (IST)

    17-4! Axelsen is prone to make a number of errors by hitting shots wide. Srikanth has been playing some exquisite attacking strokes. 

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    9-4! Srikanth is on a roll. Axelsen doesn't have the defence to stop the Indian at the moment. 

  • 23:54 (IST)

    6-3! That's three points on the trot for Srikanth. A powerful flat smash unsettles Axelsen on his right tramline and that is one of the areas where the Indian will look to attack. 

  • 23:53 (IST)

    3-3! The deciding game gets underway and it's the same old story again. The two won't give up easily. 

  • 23:51 (IST)

    Kidambi Srikanth takes the second game: 22-20

    Axelsen squanders a two-point lead at 19-17 to end up on the losing side against Srikanth in the second game. The Indian took Axelsen by surprise and managed to snatch the lead and the game. 

  • 23:47 (IST)

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    19-19! This game is going down the wire. Srikanth wins two consecutive points to draw level. Who will take the game from here?  

  • 23:43 (IST)

    18-16! Srikanth squanders yet another chance to kill the shot and ends up hitting wide. Axelsen now has a two-point lead as we approach the end of the second game. 

  • 23:42 (IST)

    15-15! Both players are struggling to find that extra edge in the second game. There is nothing to separate the two. Srikanth must use his variety of attacking strokes.

  • 23:38 (IST)

    13-13! Neck-and-neck in the second game. Both Srikanth and Axelsen have played an attacking game so far, avoiding errors at the net. 

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    8-6! Srikanth has managed to keep a two-point lead. He is looking for spaces on the tramlines to finish the shot quickly. 

  • 23:30 (IST)

    5-3! Srikanth has used the drift to his advantage in the early stages of the second game. He has a two-point lead over the Dane but needs to show his attacking prowess. 

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    18-13! Some accurate net shots to regain the momentum in the opening game. Axelsen is not going to allow Srikanth take the lead. 

  • 23:21 (IST)

    12-14! From being 6-14 down, Srikanth wins six points on the trot to claw back into the opening game. He still trails by a couple of points. Axelsen just switched off there and gave away points. 

  • 23:19 (IST)

    Son Wan Ho beats HS Prannoy: 21-13, 21-18

    Clinical. The Korean played some excellent defensive strokes to trouble the high-flying Indian shuttler. Son enters yet another semi-final of a Superseries event. 

  • 23:17 (IST)

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    In the other men's singles fixture,

    Prannoy and Son are locked at 18-18 in the second game. The Korean won the first game. 

  • 23:11 (IST)

    8-3! Axelsen has one of the smoothest attacking strokes in the men's singles circuit right now. The way he attacks is a treat to watch for the neutrals. 

  • 23:10 (IST)

    5-1! Srikanth gifts two back-to-back points to Axelsen. That, in return, will give the Danish a lot of confidence to attack. 

  • 23:08 (IST)

    2-0! A good start for Axelsen, who is enjoying the massive crowd behind him. The reigning world champion has almost all the shots in his armour to unsettle his opponent. 

  • 23:06 (IST)

    13-12! Son Wan Ho makes a comeback to take the lead over Prannoy on the adjacent court. The Srikanth vs Axelsen clash is about to begin. 

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  • 22:59 (IST)

    10-7! The Indian extends the lead to three points as we approach the break of the second game. Elsewhere, Kidambi Srikanth has entered the court to face Viktor Axelsen

  • 22:57 (IST)

    6-5! Prannoy has a slender one-point lead over the former World No 1 in the second game. It would be interesting to see how the game pans out after the mid-game interval. 

  • 22:54 (IST)

    3-3! Yet again, the two are eager to take an early lead. Prannoy must finish the shot before Son tries to convert it into a rally. 

  • 22:51 (IST)

    Son takes first game: 21-13

    Despite a bright start, Prannoy succumbed to the pressure and let the Korean run away with the lead after the break. Son has a variety of shots to unsettle an attacking opponent. He has done it against Kidambi Srikanth and looks set to play with the same strategy against Prannoy, 

  • 22:47 (IST)

    19-11! That's a healthy eight-point lead for Son as we approach the end of the first game. Will Prannoy claw back to register a memorable first-game win? 

  • 22:46 (IST)

    16-11! The game is played at a very fast pace. Both Son and Prannoy have exchanged shots quite quickly at the net. However, the Korean has the edge with powerful net shots. 

  • 22:44 (IST)

    15-9! Son has looked in sublime touch since the start of the opening game. It is all about maintaining the dominance over an attacking player like Prannoy. 

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    8-5! Three straight points for Son and he has pushed Prannoy towards the backcourt in the first 10 minutes of the match.

  • 22:38 (IST)

    4-4! Both the shuttlers have started well in the early stages of the opening game. The clash is just about Prannoy's attack and Son's defence. 

  • 22:35 (IST)

    4-4! Both the shuttlers have started well in the early stages of the opening game. The clash is just about Prannoy's attack and Son's defence. 

  • 22:33 (IST)

    Another classic match is upon us as HS Prannoy takes on World No 2 Son Wan Ho of Korea. The Indian shuttler entered the quarter-finals with a brilliant win over Lee Chong Wei, which says a lot about his attacking style of play. Meanwhile, Son has been rampant this season, winning bronze in the recently-concluded World Badminton Championships in Glasgow.

  • 22:28 (IST)

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    In the other women's singles match, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon has taken a three-point lead 15-12 over Sung Ji Hyun. The Thai shuttler has played against the drift, making life more difficult for Sung. 

  • 22:09 (IST)

    Akane Yamaguchi beats Saina Nehwal: 21-10, 21-13

    A dominant performance from the start by the Japanese. It never looked like the match would go into the decider once Yamaguchi too complete control of her strokes. Saina, on the other hand, had issues with the drift inside the arena and misjudged quite a few shots. 

  • 22:06 (IST)

    18-12! Four points on the trot for Yamaguchi, who is looking to finish the match quickly with a series of long backhand shots. Saina has been unable to hit the shuttle from the backcourt. Lot of errors too. 

    Make that 19-12! 
     

  • 22:00 (IST)

    14-12! If you ask who is the more confident player, the answer would be Yamaguchi. The Japanese has delivered crosscourt shots, drop shots and even defended flat smashes from the other side of the court. 

  • 21:58 (IST)

    It was 10-10 earlier. We haven't had a challenge all day so far. The second game looks even more interesting.  

  • 21:54 (IST)

    8-8! This is turning out to be an end-to-end clash. Saina plays two back-to-back drop shots to close the gap on Yamaguchi's lead.  

  • 21:53 (IST)

    4-3! The second game gets underway and Yamaguchi has taken a one-point lead. The drift has caused problems for both the shuttlers but it looks like the Japanese has a control over her shots. 

  • 21:51 (IST)

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    Akane Yamaguchi takes the opening game: 21-10

    It just took 12 minutes for Yamaguchi to put Saina under pressure. A comfortable first-game win for the Japanese ace shuttler. She has the incredible ability to play deceptive shots. 


Pre-quarter-final report: HS Prannoy recorded his second successive win over three-time Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei, while Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth also registered contrasting wins to advance to the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier.

Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth in action. Agencies

Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth in action. Agencies

Just four months back, Prannoy had created a flutter when he dispatched Chong Wei in straight games in the Indonesia Super Series Premier and the unseeded Indian dished out another superb performance yesterday to oust the former World No. 1 Malaysian 21-17 11-21 21-19 in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes here.

"I am happy to beat him again today. Even at this age, he is one of the best players, who can play in any conditions. I am not thinking much ahead as I have done this before but couldn't win the title so I will just look at the next match," Prannoy told reporters after the match.

World No. 8 Srikanth, who already has two super series titles at Indonesia and Australia to his name, defeated Korea's Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-13 8-21 21-18, while Saina, who won a bronze at the Glasgow World Championship, prevailed over Thailand's Nitchaon Jindapol 22-20 21-13 in women's singles pre-quarterfinals.

US Open champion Prannoy will next face Korea's top seed Son Wan Ho, Srikanth will meet current world champion Viktor Axelsen, while Saina will square off against Japans Akane Yamaguchi.


Also through to the quarters were England's Rajiv Ouseph, Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent, Korea's Lee Hyun Il, Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen.

In women's singles, top seed and world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying, Korean duo of Sung Ji Hyun and Kim Hyo Min, Japan's Sayaka Sato, China's Chen Yufei and Thailands Ratchanok Intanon also reached the last eight.


Published Date: Oct 20, 2017 07:42 pm | Updated Date: Oct 21, 2017 01:02 am


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