Highlights Singapore Open, badminton scores and results: Kidambi Srikanth joins Sai Praneeth in semis; Carolina Marin advances

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Highlights Singapore Open, badminton scores and results: Kidambi Srikanth joins Sai Praneeth in semis; Carolina Marin advances
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    Another great day of badminton comes to an end as two Indian men's shuttlers - Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth - smash their way into the semi-finals but unfortunately, PV Sindhu ended her Singapore Open campaign after suffering defeat at the hands of Carolina Marin. Hope you enjoyed the live coverage and we will be back tomorrow. Until then, take care! 

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    Have a look at tomorrow's semi-finals fixture:

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    Kidambi Srikanth trounces Shi Yuqi; joins Sai Praneeth in semis: 21-14, 21-16

    It's time we should consider this win as the comeback of former World. no 3 Kidambi Srikanth! What a comprehensive win as he outplayed the World no. 8 Shi Yuqi in straight games to enter the semis of the Singapore Open.  

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    14-14! The second game is turning out to be an interesting one. Both Kidambi and Yuqi are in no mood to defend. 

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    10-10! Brilliant comeback there by Kidambi. Shi Yuqi lost his focus after taking a four-point lead in the second game. 

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    9-5! World no. 8 Shi Yuqi is trying to focus on backhand shots which will eventually weaken Kidambi's offensive play. Kidambi may not be at his best when defending cross court or body smashes since he is on his way back to full fitness

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    Now this is awesome! 

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    Kidambi Srikanth claims first game swiftly: 21-14

    Finally, Kidambi has shown consistency after a huge break and takes the first game pretty quickly against the Chinese Shi Yuqi. Notably, his footwork has allowed him to move and lift the drops with ease. The second game gets underway!

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    13-8! Shi Yuqi is feeling the heat over here as Kidambi's quick net plays are difficult to lift.

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    8-7! Kidambi has taken a slender lead but will have to be consistent throughout the match

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    Kidambi leads 5-4 and is looking quite comfortable with his backhand shots. 

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    Kidambi Srikanth vs Shi Yuqi

    Fifth seed Shi Yuqi of China faces Kidambi for the first time in a competitive match and that's what makes this tie even more interesting. Kidambi is coming back from a long break and will be eager to make his mark whereas the 21-year-old eyes a semis spot. 

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    Carolina Marin beats PV Sindhu; enters semis: 21-11, 21-15

    Olympic champion Marin got the better of fifth seed Sindhu in every department, especially in terms of court coverage and forehand drives. Marin banked on playing shots from near the net so that she could easily defend Sindhu's attacking drives/shots. However, Sindhu did try to make a comeback but Marin's pace proved too much in the end. Tough luck, Sindhu!

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    19-12 and fourth seed Marin is just two points away from winning this tie! 

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    17-11! It's not over yet. Sindhu wins two consecutive points to halt Marin's lead. Will she turn the game from hereon?  

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    13-6! Sindhu is trying everything she can to sneak into the second game but she cannot match up with Marin's pace

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    10-3! Looks like Marin isn't going to stop delivering unplayable cross court shots. Marin was beaten just a few weeks back because of Sindhu's decisive net plays but unfortunately, Sindhu hasn't tested Marin. Now or never for the Indian Open winner.   

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    Carolina Marin dominates first game: 21-11

    The Spanish ace has been accurate so far with her attacking shots that has more or less restricted Sindhu from moving near the forecourt. The second game will be crucial for the Indian as she should attack either of the tramlines to slow down Marin's movement. 

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    19-11! Sindhu has been stretched in the first game as the Spaniard successfully pushes Sindhu to the basepoint and capitalises later.  

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    Marin has taken the first game away from Sindhu as she leads 16-5, leaving no room for Sindhu to move freely. 

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    3-7! Sindhu gets one back with a fine smash. Need more of this from her to make the difference today 

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    7-2! Marin wins five consecutive points to add a bit of a pressure in the first game. Sindhu has to be quick near the forecourt

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    2-2! Great move by Sindhu as she smartly executes a cross court drop. 

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    Carolina Marin takes the serve and claims the first point of this tie

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    THE SHOWDOWN AWAITS! 

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    PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin

    The epic Sindhu vs Marin clash is just moments away. They have played twice in the last four months where Sindhu came out victorious - Dubai Superseries Finals and in the final of the India Open. Both look in good touch but the Indian shuttler has been stretched in both of her matches and she should be aware of Marin's ability to drain her opponent should the match go into the deciding game. 

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    B Sumeeth Reddy/ Ashwini Ponnappa loses first game: 21-11

    The Indian duo will have to be dominant in the second game and maintain a healthy lead to unsettle Lu Kai, Huang Yaqiong and force the match into the decider

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    Sai Praneeth beats Tanongsak S: 15-21, 21-14, 21-19

    Excellent performance by Praneeth as he comes from a game down to beat Tanongsak in three games and enters the semis of Singapore Open.

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    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Singapore Open 2017 quarter-finals featuring shuttlers like PV Sindhu, Carolina Marin, Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth all in action. A handful of big matches today so don't miss out on them! 

Singapore: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia to advance in the Singapore Open Superseries badminton tournament on Thursday.

The fifth-seeded Sindhu lost the first game before staging a superb comeback to win 19-21, 21-17, 21-8 in a contest that lasted around one hour.

File photo of PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin. Reuters

File photo of PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin. Reuters

Sindhu started the proceeding on a good note but soon Fitriani started the counter attack at the end and a result the Hyderabadi shuttler was prevailed over in the first game.

The second and third game saw Sindhu at her best. She displayed some swift court movements and strokes to edged past her opponent.

Sindhu will now take on Spain's Carolina Marin, whom she defeated in the summit clash of the India Open this month.

Among other Indians in the fray, B. Sai Praneeth defeated Qiao Bin of China to enter the third round of the competition.

The Chinese shuttler gave a tough fight before surrendering the match 15-21, 23-21, 16-21 in one hour 13 minutes.

In mixed doubles category, B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Jae Hwan Kim and Lee So Hee of Korea 17-21, 21-17, 21-16 in 54 minutes to advance.

But in women's doubles category, it was an end of the road for Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy as the Indian duo were defeated by Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-11, 19-21, 21-12.

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Apr 14, 2017 07:21 pm | Updated Date: Apr 14, 2017 08:04 pm


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