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Highlights, Dubai World Superseries Finals: Viktor Axelsen successfully defends title; gritty Sindhu loses final to Yamaguchi

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Highlights, Dubai World Superseries Finals: Viktor Axelsen successfully defends title; gritty Sindhu loses final to Yamaguchi
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    Thank you for joining us for all the live coverage of the Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017.

    World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi lifted the women's singles title after defeating India's PV Sindhu in a three-game thriller 

    In a similar match, World No 1 Viktor Axelsen successfully defended his title in another three-game thriller against World No 2 and four-time title winner Lee Chong Wei. 

    It was a wonderful week for badminton and thank you for joining Firstpost for the coverage over the past week. 

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    14-9! Viktor Axelsen holds on to his five point lead in the decider. 

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    10-5! Axelsen has been dominating the opening moments of the decider and looks to be in fine nick to see this game through

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    4-1! Axelsen is using the opportunity gained from the decider and has opened up an early lead against Lee Chong Wei

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    19-15! Axelsen has upped the ante in the second game. He is now two points away from enforcing a decider in the men's singles Final 

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    13-12! The four time champion is in the lead now and he seems to be in no mood to let this game into a decider. 

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    11-10! As with the opening game, it is the defending champion Viktor Axelsen who goes into the mid-game break with a solitary point lead. Will he able to go all the way in this game and enforce a decider in the Final ?

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    8-8! After a delay at the court over discussions with the chair umpire over mopping the court, Axelsen manages to level the score in the opening game against Lee Chong Wei 

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    7-6!  Lee Chong Wei still in the lead and Axelsen is not being able to take the lead in the game. For every point won by the Dane, the Malaysian returns the favour with a point of his own

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    5-4! After winning three consecutive points, Axelsen slams that long to let Lee Chong Wei win the point and the serve

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    4-1! Lee Chong Wei has won four successive points to open an early lead. He has been excellent near the net so far. 

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    1-0! What a backhand return from Viktor Axelsen to kick-start the second game

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    15-15! That's an unsuccessful referral from Viktor Axelsen. lee Chong Wei levels the scores in the opening game of the final 

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    11-10! Lee Chong Wei goes into the mid game break with one point advantage. The Malaysian was trailing 3-7 in the initial minutes of the game and made his way right back into the game 

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    It is now time for the final match of the day.

    Defending champion and World No 1 Viktor Axelsen is up against World No 2 and 4-time title winner Lee Chong Wei in what promises to be a match worthy of a FINAL 

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    Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto beat their compatriots 21-16, 21-15 in just under an hour to lift the women's doubles crown at the Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017

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    The women's doubles match between the two Japanese pairs is underway. 

    Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota are up against Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto. 

    Tanaka and Yonemoto are one game up after winning it 21-16!

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    The Indonesian pair of Kevin Sanjaya and Marcus Gideon win yet another Superseries title this year as they defeat the Chinese pair of Liu Cheng and Zhang Nan 21-16, 21-15 in 39 minutes 

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    Akane Yamaguchi beats Sindhu: 15-21, 12-21, 19-21

    A 94-minute thriller ends in Yamaguchi's favour. Sindhu tried her best to outsmart the Japanese but just Yamaguchi's quick footwork and defence proved to be too much at the end of the day. Sindhu did have a 5-0 and a 4-0 lead in the second and third games but failed to take advantage. Credit goes to Yamaguchi for her steely display. 

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    19-19!  

    Nerves of steel as both players are locked at 19-all. This is turning out to be a one hell of a game. 

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    18-18! PRECISION

    It's all about Sindhu's precision in pressure situations that sets her apart from the rest. She floors Yamaguchi with a powerful cross court smash. 

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    16-17! 

    Sindhu pulls one back. Is it? The linesman calls it wide but Sindhu challenges and wins it. 

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    17-15! 

    Yamaguchi opens up a two-point lead over Sindhu with two drop shots. Sindhu is under massive pressure now. Both the players are tired. 

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    THAT DEFENCE IS JUST OUT OF THE WORLD! 

    How on earth did Sindhu manage to defend two consecutive smashes? Yamaguchi is down on the floor. This match is going down the wire! Sindhu leads 14-13

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    One game apiece and 13-13! 

    We've got a thriller here in the women's singles final. Both the shuttlers have asked for a breather now. 

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    13-11! 

    Sindhu takes advantage of Yamaguchi's position at the backcourt to claim an all-important point. This game is all about winning rallies. 

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    11-10! Challenge unsuccessful by Sindhu 

    Yamaguchi closes the gap on the Indian's lead. Both the shuttlers have started to look comfortable while playing rallies but this will only make them tired. This is challenging 

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    8-10! Good challenge Yamaguchi 

    The shuttle had landed well inside the sidelines. Only two points separate the two at the moment. 

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    9-7! Well, that could be costly 

    Sindhu defends consecutive attacking strokes from the other side of the court to frustrate her opponent. 

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    7-6! 

    Sindhu maintains her lead over Yamaguchi as the Japanese hits the shuttle wide. 

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    6-5! 

    Sindhu needs to be mentally strong to get the better of Yamaguchi as she did in the group stages. She leads by a single point in the decider. 

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    5-3! 

    A lucky net chord goes in Sindhu's favour. The Indian ace should take advantage of her positioning to take quick points and reach the mid-game break with a healthy lead. 

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    4-0! 

    Yamaguchi gets succumbed to Sindhu's forehand drive and hits the net. Sindhu has a healthy lead in the third and final game! 

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    2-0!

    Sindhu responds well to floor Yamaguchi after back-to-back tiring rallies. The third game has a lot in store for us. 
     

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    Akane Yamaguchi makes it 1-1!

    The Japanese shuttler showed great courage to win the second stanza and push the match into the decider. Sindhu just needs to get her energy back. The rallies have started to trouble her but Yamaguchi's defensive prowess proved to be a handful for the Indian.

Semi-final report: Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu stormed into the women's singles final of the Dubai World Superseries Finals for the first time, after beating China's Chen Yufei in straight games in the semi-finals.

The 22-year-old Hyderabadi displayed brilliant form to outclass the World No 8 Chinese shuttler 21-15, 21-18 in 59 minutes at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

Sindhu will now take on top-seeded Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the summit clash of World Superseries Final on Sunday.

Interestingly, Sindhu had defeated Yamaguchi in straight games in her final group match on Friday.

Sindhu also became the second Indian to reach the final of the prestigious season-ending tournament after her city mate Saina Nehwal finished runner-up in 2011.


Published Date: Dec 17, 2017 14:25 PM | Updated Date: Dec 17, 2017 22:37 PM

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