Highlights, French Open Superseries, badminton score and result: Kidambi Srikanth enters final; PV Sindhu ousted

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Highlights, French Open Superseries, badminton score and result: Kidambi Srikanth enters final; PV Sindhu ousted
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    The semi-finals day has come to an end and what a competitive day it was! Kidambi Srikanth entered his fifth Superseries finals of the year after a win over compatriot HS Prannoy in three games. PV Sindhu, on the other hand, suffered a defeat at the hands of in-form Akane Yamaguchi. Kenta Nishimoto continued his dream run and defeated Danish wonderkid Anders Antonsen in straight games. 

    FINALS:

    Tai Tzu Ying vs Akane Yamaguchi 
    Kidambi Srikanth vs Kenta Nishimoto

    Hope you enjoyed the coverage. See you tomorrow, bye! 

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    Srikanth is into the final!

    The World No 4 beats Prannoy 14-21, 21-19, 21-18 to enter yet another final of a Superseries tournament this year. Make that FIVE Superseries finals for the Guntur-born lad. Having lost the opening game, he came from behind twice to snatch the second and third games from the in-form Prannoy. Credit to Prannoy for taking India's best male shuttler to the last. 

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    20-18! Match point for Srikanth as he pips Prannoy yet again to put one foot in the final. He is just a point away from entering yet another Superseries final. 

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    15-12! A three-point advantage for Prannoy, who has been brilliant at the net. It is not just about attacking in the third and final game but about keeping shots in control against World No 4. 

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    5-4! The third and final game gets underway and Srikanth moves ahead of Prannoy. It is a great contest between two shuttlers who have known each other since the junior years. 

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    Srikanth forces the match into a decider: 21-19 

    It is a see-saw battle between the two talented Indian shuttlers in the semi-finals. Both Srikanth and Prannoy demonstrated their attacking style of play but it was the former who came from behind to force the match into the deciding game. 

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    18-17! Just a single point separates Prannoy and Srikanth in the second game. Prannoy won the first game quite comfortably. Now or never for Srikanth.  

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    17-15! Prannoy is on the front foot in the second game with a two-point lead over Denmark Open Superseries Premier champion Srikanth. Prannoy has been working on his defence too since the start of the year and that has paid off well. 

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    14-14! This time Srikanth wins three back-to-back points to level the scores in this all-Indian semi-finals clash. Attack vs attack is always a treat to watch. 

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    14-11! A three-point lead for Prannoy in the second game would surely frustrate Srikanth, who had the lead before the break. 

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    10-8! Srikanth has shown a completely different game in the second stanza and leads by two points as we approach the mid-game break. This game can turn anytime. 

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    Prannoy takes opening game: 21-14

    The World No 12 comes from behind twice to snatch the first game against Srikanth, who looked a bit hesitant to attack after the mid-game interval. Prannoy relied on his attack to take a 1-0 lead. 

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    Akane Yamaguchi dominates PV Sindhu: 21-14, 21-9

    The World No 5 smashed her way into the semi-final of the women's singles event with an impressive straight-game win over World No 2 Sindhu. Akane was accurate at her net since the start of the game and restricted Sindhu from playing quick forehand drives. 

    With a well-deserved win, she faces Tai Tzu Ying in the final tomorrow. 

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    19-14! Prannoy is just two points away from winning the opening game against Srikanth. What a turnaround from the Kannur-born shuttler. 

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    19-8! Akane is so fast and moves quickly to balance her movement on the court. Sindhu is clearly not at her best today, committing tons of errors. 

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    17-6! The Japanese has been accurate with her smashes and drop shots in the second game. Sindhu has been off-colour today. She hasn't mixed her shots from the mid-court area where she feels a lot more comfortable. 

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    14-5! Akane has dominated the second game. A blend of wristy strokes from the net and backhand drives have caused a lot of trouble for Sindhu. 

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    Meanwhile, it is 10-10 in the men's singles final between Prannoy and Srikanth. The Indian duo has displayed their attacking traits so far. Let's see who leads at the mid-game interval.

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    8-7! Srikanth is back with his attacking approach. He takes five consecutive points to pip Prannoy and lead by a single point in the opening game. 

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    6-0! Akane is just rampant in the second game. That's 12 straight points for the Japanse. Sindhu needs to find her feet or just forget about clawing back into the match.

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    7-3! Prannoy has opened up a four-point lead over Srikanth in the opening game of the all-Indian men's singles semi-finals. Remember, both players have a natural game that includes a lot of attacking shots from almost every angle of the court. 

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    Akane Yamaguchi takes the opening game: 21-14

    The Japanese wins seven consecutive points at 14-all to draw first blood and put all the pressure on a defensive Sindhu, who struggled to trouble Akane after the mid-game break. 

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    17-14! Akane has played with so much variation in the last five rallies to win three consecutive points. Her attacking play has stretched Sindhu at the backcourt. 

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    13-12! It is very tight in the opening game between Sindhu and Akane. Both shuttlers have been patient at the net and played some excellent strokes to earn points. Akane leads by a point

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    10-9! A run of three straight points for Akane. Sindhu hits the frame and gifts yet another point to the Japanese as we approach the mid-game interval of the first game.

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    MEANWHILE! 

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    8-7! Brilliant net play from Sindhu to take a well-deserved point there. She has covered the court with ease so far. Akane has a lot of defensive work to do. 

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    6-6! Fabulous rally. Both players are pushing each other towards the back of the court. This time, Akane judges the shot well. 

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    5-5! Sindhu gets in a comfortable position to hit a smash but her shot lands wide. The Indian is looking to target the backcourt. 

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    3-3! As expected, the opening game has shown glimpses of what could be a fast-paced match as it progresses. Sindhu fights back and takes a slender one-point lead now. 4-3

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    2-0! Akane Yamaguchi has started well. Two back-to-back attacking strokes to begin with against Sindhu. 

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    PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi: Preview

    The World No 2 takes on World No 5 in what could be a brilliant battle between two attack-minded shuttlers. The Japanese, however, has a variety of shots in her armour to stop the lanky Sindhu. On the other hand, the India Superseries winner can change the outcome of the match in no time with her overall brilliance. 

    Sindhu leads 3-1 against Akane in the overall head-to-head encounters

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    HS Prannoy vs Kidambi Srikanth: Preview

    Two Indian men's singles players will face off for the first time ever in the semi-finals of a Superseries event. Earlier, Srikanth met compatriot Sai Praneeth in the Singapore Open final a few months back. However, this clash will be a battle of attacking styles. Srikanth is unique in his style of play but can succumb to Prannoy's fast-paced game at the net. 

    Srikanth leads 2-1 in the overall head-to-head meetings against the World No 12 but Prannoy is known for his giant-killer trait, having beaten the likes of Lee Chong Wei twice in as many months, Chen Long and higher-ranked opponents. 

Quarter-finals report: India's H.S. Prannoy entered the semi-finals of the French Open Superseries after defeating South Korea's Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-16, 21, 16 in the men's singles quarter-finals on Friday.

Earlier, Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu also stormed into the semi-finals of the women's singles after beating Chinese rising star Chen Yufei in straight games 21-14, 21-14 in a match that lasted for 41 minutes.

Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu in action. Agencies

Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu in action. Agencies

Prannoy became the first Indian man to enter the semi-final of the event ever since it became a Superseries in 2007. He took 47 minutes to defeat the South Korean giant killer.

Prannoy will next face the winner between India's Kidambi Srikanth and China's No 4 seed, Shi Yuqi. On the other hand, this is also Sindhu's maiden last-four appearance in the tournament.

The Hyderabadi dominated the match throughout, except for a brief period in the second game, against her world No. 10 Chinese rival.

It also turned out to be a sweet revenge for the Indian star, who crashed out of last week's Denmark Open after losing to Chen in the opening round.

In the semi-finals on Saturday, Sindhu will face the winner of the match between third seed Sung Ju Hyun of South Korea and fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. Akane had defeated another Indian Saina Nehwal in the second round.

In men's doubles, the young Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out after losing 5-21, 21-17, 17-21 to world's top-ranked combo of Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the quarter-finals.


Published Date: Oct 28, 2017 17:53 PM | Updated Date: Oct 28, 2017 21:42 PM

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