Highlights Japan Open Superseries, results: Viktor Axelsen sets up Lee Chong Wei clash; Carolina Marin into final

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Highlights Japan Open Superseries, results: Viktor Axelsen sets up Lee Chong Wei clash; Carolina Marin into final
  • 14:46 (IST)

    Here is the schedule of Japan Open Superseries final: 

  • 14:09 (IST)

    He Bingjiao beats Chen Yufei: 21-14 25-23

    Despite winning the first game with ease, He was stretched in the second by a defensive Chen. He made quick returns in the opening game to frustrate Chen, who was looking for backhand shots near the sidelines. It was neck and neck in the second stanza with both shuttlers mixing their shots well after the mid-game break. But, it was He who won it, at last, to set up a clash with Carolina Marin in the final of women's singles. 

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Kevin Sanjaya and Marcus Gideon beat Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen: 21-15, 21-14

    World No 2 Indonesian pair outclassed the World No 1 duo of Boe and Mogensen in straight games to successfully avenge their Korea Open Superseries final loss in Seoul. Kevin and Marcus combined well and responded brilliantly to the attacking shots from the other side of the net.

  • 13:06 (IST)

  • 12:57 (IST)

    Viktor Axelsen downs Son Wan Ho: 21-16, 21-16

    World champion Axelsen showed his mettle against World No 1 Son to seal his place in the final of Japan Open Superseries. This will be the Dane's second straight appearance in the final of a mega event. His sharpness at the net tight seemed to have troubled Son who was equally good, but it was Axelsen's quick feet and range of shots that saw him get the better of the Korean in straight games. 

  • 12:46 (IST)

    19-15! The Dane is just two points away from entering the final of Japan Open Superseries. Looks like Son is out of shots to stop Axelsen.  

  • 12:40 (IST)

    18-15! That's three straight points for Axelsen. The Dane hits two consecutive backhand winners to extend his lead. 

  • 12:29 (IST)

    15-15! 

    Son claws back to level the scores in the second game. Axelsen is prone to making a lot of errors at the net.  He needs to hit a winner to stop Son from pushing rallies. 

  • 12:26 (IST)

    11-8! 

    Axelsen concentrates on the angle of his shots to unsettle a defensive Son. He leads by three points at the break of the second game.

  • 12:22 (IST)

    5-5! Neck and neck in the second game between Axelsen and Son. The Korean is covering the court well after being pushed to the backcourt at times. 

  • 12:19 (IST)

    Viktor Axelsen wins first game: 21-16

    Despite starting the opening game confidently, the Dane allowed Son to take the lead after the mid-game break. However, Axelsen used his composed game under pressure to play wrist shots from the sidelines and bag back-to-back points. 

  • 12:08 (IST)

    16-14! It's a tight match at the moment but world champion Axelsen is edging ahead in the opening game. 

  • 12:00 (IST)

    14-12! Axelsen comes from behind to take the lead against the World No 1 shuttler. The see-saw battle continues! 

  • 11:56 (IST)

  • 11:54 (IST)

    10-8! Son's net play has been clinical so far. The forehand strokes has stretched Axelsen on the other side of the court. 

  • 11:53 (IST)

    7-6! And Son pips the Dane to take a slender lead in the opening game. His defence is admirable and so is Axelsen's ability to retrieve. Son played a very balanced game in the semis. He attacked from the front and was similarly excellent while picking up the shots.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    5-3! A strong start by Axelsen but Son wins three points to close the gap. The Korean has a habit of starting the opening game quite slowly. 

  • 11:46 (IST)

    4-0! Viktor Axelsen mixes his shots well from the mid-court against World No 1 Son Wan Ho to take an early lead in the opening game. 

  • 11:43 (IST)

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Viktor Axelsen and Son Wan Ho will fight for a place in the final of the men's singles event. They are out on the court

  • 11:01 (IST)

    They defeated Russia's Ivanov/Sozonov in a three-game thriller! 

  • 11:00 (IST)

    Lee Chong Wei beats Shi Yuqi: 21-19, 21-8

    After being seven points down in the opening game, the Malaysian ace scripted a tremendous fightback to win the opening game and thwarted Shi in the second to enter the final of the men's singles. He has already won the Japan Open Superseries title six times and is the defending champion. He mixed his shots well and picked the angles perfectly against an attacking opponent.

    A terrific show today will surely make him the favourite in the final tomorrow.

  • 10:29 (IST)

  • 10:12 (IST)

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota beat Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra: 14-21, 21-15, 21-19

    Despite losing the opening game, the Japanse duo performed well in crucial stages to take the next two games. The final game was a hard call. Sikki and Pranaav were equally determined and in touch to win the match. It was anybody's match, however, Takuro and Sayaka edged it. So, the good run comes to an end for the Indian pair. But, there is a lot to learn from it. A lot of takeaways from their first ever semi-final appearance in a Superseries event.

  • 09:50 (IST)

    19-20! The Indian pair saves one match-point to close the gap on Takuro and Sayaka's lead. Will they make a comeback?

  • 09:48 (IST)

    19-17! The Japanese duo still has a two-point lead. A do or die moment for Sikki and Pranaav. 

  • 09:47 (IST)

    18-16! Takuro and Sayaka have a two-point advantage in the third game. Will they run away with the lead or will Sikki and Pranaav script a stunning comeback to enter their first ever Superseries final?

  • 09:46 (IST)

    15-17! Every point from here is crucial and Sikki-Pranaav should be careful of the Japanese pair's ability to play long rallies. Pranaav has to finish the rallies early. The Indian duo trails by two points. 

  • 09:44 (IST)

    17-14! Takuro and Sayaka extend their lead by three-points to put the Indian pair under pressure. Sikki and Pranaav need to attack more from the sidelines

  • 09:42 (IST)

    12-16! Sikki and Pranaav are fighting hard but the Japanese pair is still ahead in the third and final game of this semi-final tie of the mixed doubles. 

  • 09:41 (IST)

  • 09:37 (IST)

    8-8! It's neck and neck in the semi-final clash between Sikki-Pranaav and Takuro-Sayaka

    A lot of quick exchanges at the net. The movement near the sidelines and court coverage will be key for the Indian shuttlers. 

  • 09:36 (IST)

    4-3! It's a close affair in the decider as both the pairs have played well to take each other out, however, the Japanese duo has a narrow one-point lead. 

  • 09:34 (IST)

  • 09:31 (IST)

    Takuro and Sayaka win second game: 21-15

    After losing the opening game, the Japanese duo responds well to make it 1-1 in this semi-final tie against Sikki and Pranaav, who are playing their maiden Superseries semis. 

  • 09:25 (IST)

    18-15! The Japanese pair still has a three-point lead over Sikki and Pranaav as we approach the end of the second game. Will the Indian duo turn it around from here?

  • 09:24 (IST)

    15-11! Takuro and Sayaka have played well after losing the opening game 14-21. Their movement and balanced game have helped them take the Indian duo by surprise. 

  • 09:23 (IST)

  • 09:22 (IST)

    12-8! The Japanese duo has maintained the lead after the break of the second game over Sikki and Pranaav.

  • 09:18 (IST)

  • 09:17 (IST)

    7-10! The Indian duo cuts the deficit to put some pressure on the crowd favourite pair.

  • 09:16 (IST)

    4-9! Sikki and Pranaav are giving their all to close the gap on Takuro and Sayaka's lead in the second game. Will they claw back?

  • 09:15 (IST)

    8-2! Looks like the Japanese pair has decided to finish the second game quickly and force the match into a decider. A healthy lead for Takuro and Sayaka.

  • 09:14 (IST)

    4-1! Takuro and Sayaka start well and open a three-point lead over the Indian duo in the early stages of the second game. 

  • 09:11 (IST)

    Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Chopra win opening game: 21-14

    A well-deserved win for the Indian pair, who was just brilliant at the net and also mixing up the shots well from the backcourt. Sikki has been impressive so far by covering the mid-court with ease, while Pranaav has combined well throughout. 

  • 09:06 (IST)

    19-14! And that's a five-point lead for the composed Indian pair in the opening game. Takuro and Sayaka are finding it difficult to defend. 

  • 09:04 (IST)

    17-13! The Indian duo extends the lead by four points now. Sikki is so fast and her shot selection has been accurate so far.

  • 09:03 (IST)

    15-12! Fantastic combination between Sikki and Pranaav allows them to maintain their three-point lead over Takuro and Sayaka in the first game. The Indian duo is making good use of the drift inside the arena.

  • 09:01 (IST)

    13-10! Sikki and Pranaav are mixing their shots well to cause problems for the Japanese duo. Great movement as well. 



Report: India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy reached the semi-finals, while the men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy fell in the quarter-finals of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries on Friday.

Pranaav-Sikki got the better of South Koreans Seung Jae Seo and Kim Ha Na 21-18, 9-21, 21-19 in 58 minutes.

The Indian pair will have a good chance to advance to the final as they will meet Japanese qualifiers Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota on Saturday.

The performance of Pranaav and Sikki was the only positive for India on a day which saw Prannoy and Srikanth lose. Olympic silver medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal lost on Thursday in the quarter-finals.

Srikanth lost to recently crowned world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 17-21, 17-21 in 40 minutes.

Prannoy lost to Chinese second seed Shi Yuqi 15-21, 14-21 in 45 minutes.


Yuqi will meet Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei in the semi-finals, while the other semi-final will be fought between third seed Axelsen and South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho, who ended Chinese veteran Lin Dan's challenge with a 21-15, 21-15 victory.

The women's singles semi-finals will see 2016 Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain taking on recently crowned world champion and local favourite Nozomi Okuhara and Chinese sixth seed He Bingjiao facing compatriot Chen Yufei.


Published Date: Sep 23, 2017 08:48 am | Updated Date: Sep 23, 2017 02:49 pm



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