Highlights, Japan Open Superseries, results: Saina Nehwal knocked out by Carolina Marin; Okuhara downs Sindhu

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Highlights, Japan Open Superseries, results: Saina Nehwal knocked out by Carolina Marin; Okuhara downs Sindhu
  • 16:50 (IST)

    And that's it from the coverage of the second day at the Japan Open Superseries. It was a mixed day for the Indian shuttlers as PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were shown the exit door in the second round against Nozomi Okuhara and Carolina Marin respectively. In the men's singles, Sameer Verma went down fighting against Shi Yuqi of China in three games. However, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy registered splendid victories to march into the quarter-finals. Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra too were brilliant after reaching their maiden Superseries quarters. 

    We will be back tomorrow to provide the live scores and updates. Bye! 

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Here is tomorrow's schedule. A host of mouth-watering clashes! 

  • 16:40 (IST)

    Other results: 

    Lee Chong Wei beats Tommy Sugiarto 22-20 21-17 to enter the quarter-finals and set up a clash with Chou Tein Chen of Chinese Taipei

    20-year-old He Bingjiao eases past Michelle Li of Canada 21-13, 21-12 to seal a place in the quarter-finals of the women's singles.

    Korea Open champions Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen defeated Hendra Setiawan and Boon Heong Tan 21-8, 21-13 in just 30 mins. 

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    Carolina Marin beats Saina Nehwal: 21-16, 21-13
     

    Fifth seed Marin cruises past the former World No 1 after a clinical display in the second round of the women's singles. A balanced game from the Spaniard allowed her to play a variety of strokes from the net. Saina looked sharp but couldn't hit clean returns.

  • 15:26 (IST)

    19-12! It has been one-way traffic after the mid-game interval. Marin inches closer to a straight-game win over old foe Saina. 

  • 15:21 (IST)

    17-10! Marin wins consecutive points to run away with the lead and put one foot in the quarter-finals. Utter domination after the break.

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Saina needs to kill the rally quickly and look for drop shots if possible to stretch Marin. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    8-6! And Saina fails to maintain her lead. Marin comes from behind yet again to take the lead in the second stanza. 

  • 15:10 (IST)

    6-5! Saina opens a narrow one-point lead over Marin in the second round. The attacking strokes have been accurate until now. 

  • 15:08 (IST)

    4-4! The second game starts in the same way as the first. Both shuttlers have mixed their shots quite early in the game. This is going to be a tight encounter. 

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Carolina Marin takes opening game: 21-16

    The Spaniard claws back from 14-15 to script a superb turnaround and win the first game against Saina Nehwal. Marin took control of her shots to close the gap on Saina's lead

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    20-15! Marin wins five straight points to shift the momentum in her favour. Saina was caught napping near the net and gave away points easily. 

  • 14:59 (IST)

    15-15! Marin claws back to level the scores in the first game of this second round tie. The Spaniard's quick foot movements have helped her earn two quick points.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    14-11! Saina wins two points on the trot to extend her lead. Marin, on the other hand, has been more defensive after the break.  

  • 14:52 (IST)

    11-9! 

    Saina opens a two-point lead over Marin at the mid-game interval of the opening game. She has hit a few crosscourt drop shots to unsettle the Spaniard. 

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Make that 9-9! 

  • 14:44 (IST)

    4-4! 

    A close contest already. Saina and Marin have started strongly with both players looking sharp at the net. 

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Saina Nehwal is in action against Carolina Marin of Spain in the second round of the women's singles. Saina, who is unseeded, has had a good record against the Spaniard and is coming back of a hamstring injury. 

  • 14:33 (IST)

    7th seed Lin Dan beats South Korea's Lee Dong Keun to enter the quarter-finals. The Chinese legend won the match 21-12, 21-17 in 48 minutes. 

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Chopra reach their maiden Superseries quarter-finals! 

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Key to Okuhara's win

    ​Okuhara capitalised on Sindhu's errors at the net and was in complete control of her shots. Sindhu, on the other hand, misjudged the drop on multiple occasions and lost her footing in the second game. The Japanese managed to maintain her lead over Sindhu and in no time, she sealed her place in the quarter-finals.

  • 13:28 (IST)

    Nozomi Okuhara beats PV Sindhu: 21-18, 21-8

    A comfortable win for the world champion as Sindhu couldn't match up to Okuhara's pace in both the games. Notably, Okuhara did not allow Sindhu to play net shots and often was banking on her defence whenever Sindhu tried to attack. 

    With this win, Okuhara makes it 5-4 in the overall encounters between the two. 

  • 13:19 (IST)

    17-7! There is no way Sindhu can make a comeback into the match. Well, Okuhara has bagged enough points in her kitty to have an upper hand over the Korea Open champion.

  • 13:17 (IST)

    16-5! 

    Okuhara has taken a massive lead and looks set to clinch the second game and enter the quarter-finals. Sindhu is struggling to find her feet at the net. 

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    9-4! Okuhara is running away with the lead as we approach the mid-game interval of the second game. A well-deserved lead for the world champion, who hasn't allowed Sindhu to attack from the front.

  • 13:08 (IST)

    7-2! A healthy five-point lead puts Sindhu under massive pressure. Okuhara is frustrating the Indian by hitting clean returns and a few wrist shots at the net.

  • 13:06 (IST)

    4-1! Okuhara opens a three-point lead against Sindhu in the second game. The Indian looks a bit out of touch after squandering her lead in the opening game. 

  • 13:03 (IST)

    Nozomi Okuhara takes opening game: 21-18

    The unseeded Japanese takes a 1-0 lead against Sindhu with a first-game win in 29 minutes. Okuhara wins five straight points to unsettle Sindhu and snatch the game in no time. Yet again, it was her wall-like defence that made the difference 

  • 12:58 (IST)

    19-18! The see-saw battle continues as Okuhara pips Sindhu to take a slender one-point lead as we approach the end of the first game.

  • 12:55 (IST)

    18-16! Sindhu takes a restores her two-point lead over Okuhara with an exquisite drop shot. The first game is intense! 

  • 12:53 (IST)

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    12-15! Finally, Sindhu gets a point. She should close the gap on Okuhara's lead before she runs away with it. The Japanese shuttler's defence is yet again causing a lot of trouble for Sindhu. 

  • 12:49 (IST)

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    14-11! Okuhara wins three straight points to unsettle the Indian shuttler in the opening game. What a turn around! 

  • 12:46 (IST)

    11-11! 

    The scores are always level whenever these two play each other! Okuhara is retrieving well from the net. 

  • 12:44 (IST)

  • 12:42 (IST)

    8-8! This was coming.....

    Okuhara draws level in no time as we approach the break of the first game. 

  • 12:41 (IST)

    7-5! This contest is starting to build up. Both Sindhu and Okuhara are being stretched at the backcourt. Sindhu has a two-point advantage. 

  • 12:37 (IST)

    6-2! Sindhu wins four straight points to further strengthen her lead. Okuhara, who is surprisingly unseeded, has a habit of starting slow but it would be difficult for her to claw back if Sindhu takes a huge lead.

  • 12:34 (IST)

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    4-2! Sindhu starts confidently and takes a 2-point lead over Okuhara in the early stages of the opening game. 

  • 12:31 (IST)

    PV Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara have entered the court for their pre-quarter-final clash at the Japan Open Superseries. The scores are tied at 4-4 in their overall meetings. The Indian ace defeated Okuhara in three games to become the Korea Open champion after narrowly missing out of World Championships gold against the same opponent two weeks ago. 

    The duo has produced extraordinary badminton, which makes this contest even more interesting. 

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Viktor Axelsen enters quarters

    Reigning world champion Axelsen beats Kenta Nishimoto 21-17, 21-18 in 44 minutes to set up a quarter-final clash with Kidambi Srikanth tomorrow. Attack vs Attack awaits!

  • 12:15 (IST)

    World Champion Viktor Axlesen wins opening game 21-17 against Kenta Nishimoto of Japan. Meanwhile, in the women's singles, Akane Yamaguchi and Kim Hyo Min have one game each and will play a decider.

  • 11:55 (IST)

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Kidambi beats Hu Yun: 21-12, 21-11

    It just took 29 minutes for eighth seed Kidambi Srikanth to seal a place in the quarters of men's singles. He defeated Hong Kong's Hu in straight games and looks in sublime touch. Excellent attacking gameplay!

  • 11:38 (IST)

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Kidambi Srikanth wins opening game: 21-12

    The World No 8 registers an easy first-game win over Hong Kong's Hu Yun to take a 1-0 lead in this men's singles tie. Srikanth looks very comfortable at the net. 

Report: Olympic badminton medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa advanced to the second round of Japan Open Superseries on Wednesday.

Sindhu battled past Japanese Minatsu Mitani 12-21, 21-15, 21-17 in an hour and three minutes to set-up a second-round clash against reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Thursday.

PV Sindhu, Nozomin Okuhara, Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin. AFP

PV Sindhu, Nozomin Okuhara, Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin. AFP

Olympic medallists Sindhu and Okuhara share four wins apiece in career meetings and have recently developed an enthralling rivalry. While Okuhara got the better of Sindhu at the World Championships final in August in Glasgow, the Hyderabadi hit back at the Korea Open in Seoul last weekend.

Another intriguing duel on Thursday will be between London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and 2016 Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain. Saina leads the head-to-head record against the Spaniard by 4-3.

Saina on Wednesday moved past Thai Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-17, 21-9 in 40 minutes, while two-time world champion Marin breezed past Chinese Chen Xiaoxin 21-11, 21-11.

Eighth-seed Srikanth fought off China's Tian Houwei 21-15, 12-21, 21-11 in an hour and four minutes. After this win, Srikanth, India's best bet in the men's singles category, will take on Chinese Hu Yun.

Prannoy got the better of Denmark's Anders Antonsen 21-12, 21-14 in 37 minutes. The Indian will face Chinese Taipei's Hsu Jen Hao for a place in the quarter-finals.

Sameer Verma also moved into the second round as he registered a 21-12 21-19 victory over Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab. Sameer will meet Shi Yuqi of Japan on Thursday.

B. Sai Praneeth and Sourabh Verma, however, had to face defeats in the opening round. While Sourabh lost to five-time world champion Lin Dan of China 21-11, 15-21, 13-21, Praneeth went down 23-21, 17-21, 14-21 to South Korean Lee Dong Keun.

Meanwhile, young Satwik had a mixed day as he lost in the men's doubles and advanced in the mixed doubles.

Satwik-Ashwini pair staved off Thailand's Tinn Isriyanet and Pacharapun Chochuwong with a 21-17, 21-13 victory. The unseeded Indians will face a huge task of defeating Indonesian fourth seeds Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto on Thursday.

Satwik then partnered Chirag Shetty to lose to Indonesian third seed Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 25-27, 15-21 in 38 minutes.

Ashwini too lost in her doubles category. She and N Sikki Reddy ran into South Korean third seeds Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee and the latter prevailed 21-17, 21-12 in 39 minutes.

The senior Indian pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy also fell in the first round. The Indians lost to Chinese Taipei's eighth seeds Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang 18-21, 15-21 in 31 minutes.

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Sep 21, 2017 10:17 am | Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 04:50 pm


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