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Highlights, French Open Superseries, badminton score and result: Kidambi Srikanth faces HS Prannoy in semis; PV Sindhu wins

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Highlights, French Open Superseries, badminton score and result: Kidambi Srikanth faces HS Prannoy in semis; PV Sindhu wins
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    That brings us to the end of the live coverage of the French Superseries tournament. Overall, it was a good result for the Indians as Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu all entered the semi-finals in contrasting styles. However, the young pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a narrow defeat in three games against second seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.The youngsters fought well till the end and credit goes to their talent and combination to deliver the goods on such a big platform. 

    Hope you liked our coverage. We will be back tomorrow. Until then, take care! 

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    Srikanth Kidambi beats Shi Yuqi: 8-21, 21-19, 21-9

    What a marvellous performance by Srikanth to get past the defending champion Shi Yuqi in a three-game thriller. After being humiliated in the opening game, the World No 4 managed to outclass the Chinese shuttler in the next two games with his athleticism and trickery at the net.

    He sets up an all-Indian semi-final clash with HS Prannoy. 
     

  • 01:35 (IST)

    17-9! Srikanth's net shot was simply too good. The Indian has shown brilliant awareness in the final game and a lot of credit goes to his fitness there. What an athlete! 

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    9-14! Srikanth hits the net for the third time in a row, gifting Shi crucial points right after the mid-game break. 

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    13-5! Srikanth is pushing Shi towards the backcourt so that he can kill before his opponent reaches the forecourt. Great strategy there from the Denmark Open Superseries Premier champion.

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    10-2! What a transformation. There is no stopping Srikanth at the moment. He has found energy from somewhere. Those deadly flat smashes were missing in the two games. 

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    6-1! Srikanth appears to be in total command of his strokes from the net. One has to be accurate while hitting netshots and Srikanth has been absolutely on fire since the start of the final game. 

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    4-1! The deciding game is underway and Srikanth is getting back into the groove with a three-point advantage over Shi, who looks a bit frustrated on the other side of the court. 

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    Kidambi Srikanth takes second game: 21-19

    It is one-game all between Srikanth and Shi Yuqi. The Indian ace shuttler keeps his calm to register a come-from-behind win in the second game. The Chinese shuttler relied on his overall game but Srikanth fought his way back with superb attacking strokes from the net. 

  • 01:12 (IST)

    18-18! There is nothing to separate the two in the second game. Shi squanders a two-point lead at 18-16. Srikanth must take his chances now and force the match into the decider. 

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    15-14! Perfect placement from Shi to take Srikanth by surprise. This game is far from over. Turning out to be a great battle in the second game. 

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    8-9! Five straight points for Shi as he closes the gap on Srikanth's lead in the second game. The Indian ace shouldn't succumb to the pressure after the mid-game break. 

  • 00:58 (IST)

    7-4! Srikanth's great movement allows him to open a three-point lead over Shi in the second game. The Indian has shown in past tournaments that he can be dangerous when he is on song but against Shi, Srikanth needs to be aware of the Chinese's defensive prowess. 

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    Shi Yuqi dominates first game: 21-8

    The former World No 2 took complete control of the game with a handful of deceptive drives from the mid-court. Srikanth couldn't help but hit the shuttle straight down the frame at times. Notably, Shi's defence is also something Srikanth needs to worry about. 

  • 00:51 (IST)

    18-8! Srikanth is getting frustrated at the backcourt. He hasn't been getting the space to move around and attack, which is said to be his natural game. 

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    14-7! There is something special about the way Shi is playing right now. He has stopped Srikanth from playing his natural attacking game right from the beginning of the match. 

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    9-5! The Chinese shuttler has played shots near Srikanth's tramlines, restricting the Indian ace to pick up the shuttle from the mid-court. 

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    6-2! Shi is dominating the rallies at the moment, pushing Srikanth towards the backcourt and playing drop shots near the forecourt. 

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    2-2! Srikanth will have to focus on his shot selection as the match progresses slowly. Shi can deliver attacking strokes out of nowhere but the Indian has a variety of shots to stop and take control of the game. 

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    Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen beat Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty: 21-5, 17-21, 21-17

    What an incredible battle this was! Boe-Mogensen took the opening game in just 11 minutes but struggled to defend in the second. Rankireddy-Shetty were just outstanding to respond the way they did against the all-time greats. The young talents almost knocked the Danes out but lost focus at the end. 

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    17-16! A clash of racquets gifts Rankireddy and Shetty a point as the duo closes the gap over Boe and Mogensen's lead. What are we going to see here? 

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    12-13! Rankireddy and Shetty have combined well to keep the pressure on Boe and Mogensen in the decider. This is the kind of performance all the Indian fans hoped for. 

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    8-5! Boe and Mogensen have taken control of their shots but their Indian counterparts are still very much in the match. Rankireddy and Shetty need to attack the way they did in the second game. 

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    3-2! The third and final game is just underway. Boe and Mogensen lead by a single point against the young Indians in the decider. 

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    Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win second game: 21-17

    After managing to take just five points in the opening game, the Indian pair bounces back to level the scores with a clinical display in the second game. Rankireddy's smashes were difficult to read and Shetty kept his calm to hit clean returns. 

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    19-17! The Indian duo is just two points shy of sending the match into the deciding game. What a sensational display this has been from the youngsters. 

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    18-13! Rankireddy and Shetty are looking like a different pair in the second game. The duo has played some exceptional shots from the mid-court, forcing the Danes to make a lot of errors. 

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    HS Prannoy beats Jeon Hyeok: 21-16, 21-16

    Despite a slow start in both the games, Prannoy outsmarted Jeon in straight games to book his place in the semi-finals of the men's singles event. The Indian shuttler was in control of his shots after the mid-game interval of the opening game and his brilliance at the net was enough to see him through to the next round. 

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    12-9! Rankireddy and Shetty have shown their talent after failing to trouble the Danish pair in the first stanza. The second game is turning out to be interesting now. 

  • 23:48 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Prannoy leads 18-15 in the second game against Korea's Jeon. The World No 12 tends to start slow and then claw back with a barrage of attacking strokes. Looks like he has a plan.  

     

  • 23:46 (IST)

    6-3! The Indian duo has a three-point lead over Boe and Mogensen. Excellent combination between Rankireddy and Shetty as the former creates an opening for the latter to hit freely. 

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    4-2! What a smash that was from Rankireddy! 

    The Indian duo is leading by two-points after starting the second game with more focus. Both Rankireddy and Shetty need to attack more to cause problems. 

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    12-11! Prannoy reduces the deficit and comes from behind yet again to take a narrow one-point lead in the second game. Can he go all the way to win the match in straight games?

  • 23:41 (IST)

    That was quick. The Danes are enjoying! 

  • 23:38 (IST)

    17-5! Boe and Mogensen are toying around with the Indian pair by not letting them hit clean returns. Rankireddy and Shetty haven't defended confidently. Sluggish first game for the young Indians. 

  • 23:36 (IST)

    Meanwhile, Jeon has taken a five-point lead in the second game against Prannoy on the adjacent court. The Korean looks sharper in his on-court movements. He leads 10-5

Second round report: Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the quarter-finals, while Saina Nehwal, B. Sai Praneeth and the women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy suffered losses in the second round of the French Open World Superseries on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the young men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Denmark's Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding 22-20, 12-21, 21-19 in an hour to march into the last eight stage.

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

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

Second seed Sindhu eased past Japanese Sayaka Takahashi 21-14, 21-13 in 39 minutes. In the quarter-finals on Friday, Rio Olympic silver medallist Sindhu will meet Chinese rising star Chen Yufei, who dismissed Indonesian Hanna Ramadini 21-17, 21-9.

Men's eighth seed Srikanth got past Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19, 21-17 in 37 minutes.

However, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina lost to Japanese fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi 9-21, 21-23 in 39 minutes.

It was 20-year-old Yamaguchi's third consecutive win over 27-year-old Saina, who still leads the Japanese 3-1 in head-to-head records.

Yamaguchi completely dominated Saina in the first match after opening up a 13-7 lead before winning it 21-9.

Saina, however, fought valiantly in the second game. Yamaguchi started again strongly, holding a 7-3 lead. Saina kept trailing before managing to equalise at the 19-point mark before taking a 20-19 lead.

However, the 2017 Asian Championships silver medallist quickly hit back and pulled level at the 20-point mark and took a 21-20 lead.

Saina once again keptAherself in the reckoning, equalising at 21-21. But Yamaguchi stepped up her game to seal it 23-21.

In a men's singles clash, Praneeth lost to Japanese qualifier Kenta Nishimoto 13-21, 17-21 in 44 minutes.

In a women's doubles match, Ashwini and Sikki lost to Japanese top seeds Misaki Matsumoto and Ayaka Takahashi 16-21, 14-21 in 38 minutes.


Published Date: Oct 27, 2017 20:25 PM | Updated Date: Oct 28, 2017 02:03 AM

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