Highlights Denmark Open SSP, semi-finals: Kidambi Srikanth storms into his fourth final of 2017

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Highlights Denmark Open SSP, semi-finals: Kidambi Srikanth storms into his fourth final of 2017
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    There were some fine matches tonight at the Odense Sports Park in Denmark. 

    Akane Yamaguchi set up a mouth-watering clash with Ratchanok Intanon for the women's singles title.

    In the men's finals, India's Kidambi Srikanth will take on Korea's Lee Hyun Il. Both players had contrasting wins in their respective semi-finals. While Hyun defeated former World No 1 Son Wan Ho in a gruelling three-game encounter, Kidambi eased past Wong Wing ki Vincent with relative ease in two games.

    A blockbuster Sunday awaits all badminton fans and join us on Sunday for Firstpost's live coverage of the finals day of the Denmark Open Superseries Premier. 

    Thank you for joining us today and see you tomorrow for yet another exciting day of badminton

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    It is Kidambi Srikanth who wins the semi-final match and storms into yet another Superseries final, his fourth this year. 

    He beat the Hong Kong shuttler 21-18, 21-17 

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    19-17! Kidambi Srikanth is two points away from yet another Superseries final

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    17-15! What a brilliant cross-court winner as Kidambi Srikanth smashes his way into the lead

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    14-13! Wong Wing Ki Vincent's unforced errors seem to be increasing as Kidambi Srikanth tries to open up the lead

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    11-11! Kidambi Srikanth wins the first points after the mid-game interval to level scores with the Hong Kong shuttler

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    10-9! One more rally and a couple of unforced errors from Kidambi Srikanth allows Wong Wing ki Vincent to take the lead 

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    7-6! Wong Wing Ki Vincent pulls his way back into the game with clear-cut winners from both sides of the court 

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    4-4! Wing Wong Ki Vincent levels the scores with a smashing winner 

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    4-0! It has been a Srikanth show so far in the second game and he has not allowed any sort of space to Wing Wong Ki VIncent to put up any sort of comeback 

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    21-18! Kidambi Srikanth wraps up the opening game in 18 minutes with an exquisitely executed shot to leave Wing Wong Ki Vincent stranded 

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    20-18! Kidambi Srikanth still on game-point opportunity but Vincent with the serve 

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    19-17! What a brilliant trade of net-plays by both players as Wing Wong Ki just conjures out a better shot to close-in on the gap between him and Kidambi Srikanth 

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    19-15! An unforced error from Wong Wing Ki allows Kidambi Srikanth to go two points closer to clinching the opening game 

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    17-13!  What a clever play by Srikanth to win back the serve from Vincent who seemed to be doing well for himself post the interval 

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    15-10!  Srikanth wins back the serve and opens up the lead as the Indian ace is at his deceptive best in the initial minutes of this semi-final 

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    12-7! One of the longest rallies of the match ends in the favour of Wong Wing Ki Vincent as he wins back the serve from Kidambi Srikanth

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    11-6! Kidambi Srikanth goes into the mid-game interval with a healthy five-point advantage. He has been coupling attacking winners with delicate drop shots

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    8-5! What a winner by Kidambi to open up an early lead in the opening game

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    4-4! Both players are breaking each other's serve as the scores are now on level 

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    1-0! Vincent draws first blood in the opening game of the semi-final against Kidambi Srikanth 

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    Kidambi Srikanth and Vincent Ki Wing Wong have now entered the court for what promises to be a blockbuster semi-final 

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    Kidambi Srikanth will now take to the court for his match against Hong Kong's Vincent Ki Wing Wong. The winner of this match will face Korea's Lee Hyun Il for the title 

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    On Court 1, the men's doubles match between the Danish pair of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen against the Chinese duo, Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan is underway. The Danish pair have lost the opening game but are leading in the second. 

    Kidambi Srikanth will be in action next after the completion of the men's doubles semi-final  

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    Lee Hyun Il prevails over compatriot and former World No 1 Son Wan Ho in a thrilling 91-minute encounter.

    Hyun won 25-23, 18-21, 21-17 

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    Indonesia's Ratchanok Intanon defeats World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying 21-14, 20-22, 21-14 and books her place in the finals of the Denmark Open Superseries Premier

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    22-20! Tai Tzu Ying stays strong in the second game to push the match into a decider. A place in the final is at stake and both these players are breathing hard down each other's necks 

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    21-18! The former World No 1 Son Wan Ho storms his way back into the match and pushes it into a decider. 

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    13-13! The scores are level in the second game between Tai Tzu and Intanon. Who will be the first player to break the status quo and move away with the lead?  

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    On Court 1, World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying is in action against Ratchanok Intanon. After trailing 11-3 in the opening game, Tai Tzu put up a valiant fightback but it is Intanon who clinches the opening game 21-14!

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    25-23! Hyun wins the opening game after a see-saw encounter that took 30 minutes to decide a clear winner

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    18-12! Son Wan Ho extends his lead to six points over Lee Hyun Il. The match has become more faster post the mid-game interval

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    11-8! Son Wan Ho goes into the interval with a 3-point lead over his compatriot. 

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    Korea's Son Wan Ho now takes to the court to face compatriot Lee Hyun Il for a place in the finals of the Denmark Open Superseries Premier event 


Day 4 Report: Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth stunned reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to reach the semi-finals, while Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy lost in the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open World Superseries Premier on Friday.

Men's singles eighth seed Srikanth eliminated Rio Olympic bronze medallist and second seed Axelsen with a 14-21, 22-20, 21-7 in 56 minutes.

The 24-year-old from Guntur was the lone bright spot for India on the day as London Olympics bronze medallist Saina and Prannoy exited the tournament.

Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi took only 29 minutes to dismantle Saina, who lost 10-21, 13-21. It was quite an underwhelming show from Saina as she failed to compete against the Japanese.

Yamaguchi will meet rising Chinese star Chen Yufei, while the other women's singles semi-final will be fought between World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Indonesia.


Prannoy fell against South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho, who won 13-21, 18-21 in 44 minutes.

Son will face South Korean Lee Hyun Il in a last four battle. Srikanth will meet the winner of the quarter-final between Vincent Ki Wing Wong and Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei.


Published Date: Oct 21, 2017 03:42 pm | Updated Date: Oct 21, 2017 11:00 pm



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