Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu beats Sung, will meet Carolina Marin in final

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Highlights India Open 2017, badminton scores and updates: PV Sindhu beats Sung, will meet Carolina Marin in final
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    PV Sindhu beats Sung Ji Hyun 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 to set up final against Carolina Marin

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    That's it. The fans are cheering as Sindhu is into the India Open Final. Tomorrow she faces Carolina Marin in the final. And that would be a replay of the Olympic Final.

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    That's Match Point there. Sindhu needs only one point at 20-14. It's been an hour and 15 minutes of huge intensity.

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    Error at the net gives Sindhu 18-12. Just three more points needed

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    That's 17-11. Point by point, Sindhu is reaching the finish line.

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    Net dribbles make it 16-11. Are we looking at a replay of the Olympic final here at the Siri Fort?

  • 18:40 (IST)

    Sindhu is looking to finish the game early but she should keep her calm and continue with maturity

  • 18:39 (IST)

    Sung is not letting up. She is keeping Sindhu in sight. It's 11-14.

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    Only two points between Sung and Sindhu. It's 10-12 and we are in for an epic contest!

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    Finally a point for Sindhu as Sung's shot goes out. It's 12-7. Will Sindhu maintain her lead?

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    Just when you thought that Sindhu might take a few more points, Sung cuts the score down to 6-11.

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    Finally a point for Sindhu as Sung's shot goes out. It's 12-7. Will Sindhu maintain her lead?

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    Just when you thought that Sindhu might take a few more points, Sung cuts the score down to 6-11.

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    Sindhu needs to maintain the attack to contain Sung Ji from playing cross court and drop shots. 

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    And that's 11-4 for Sindhu as the players get a break in the 3rd game. It will be very tough for Sung to climb out of this hole. Sindhu only needs to control and play within her limits.

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    It's 10-4 to Sindhu with a lovely net shot. Six points ahead, Sindhu has the match in his firm hands.

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    Errors are flowing in from Sung's racquet. Sindhu leads 7-2. 26 rallies. Demanding game for both of them

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    Bad error from Sung as Sindhu leads 5-1.

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    The lead is 4-0 for Sindhu. She needs to dominate the first half of the third gane

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    The third will be a cliff hanger and fans would want that. Both the players have played four 3-game matches in their head-to-head and both have won twice.

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    But Sindhu smashes and pulls one back to 14-20. But Sung wraps it all up at 21-14. It's one game a piece.

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    Super smash takes Sung to 19-13 and two points away from a 3rd game are we...

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    Another beautiful cross court, rolling the racquet head and the point goes to Sung. The Korean leads 17-13.

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    It's 16-11 to the Korean. Time running out in the 2nd game for Sindhu.

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    Sung Ji leads 11-6 at the break of second game

    Sindhu is struggling to pick up shots near the left tramline. Sung Ji has strated the second game smartly!
     

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    It's 9-6 to Sung and quality has slowly crept into the match. Rallies are getting longer. Who will claim the second game? 
     

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    Sindhu has work to do. Sung leads 8-5

    Sung is sticking to her game plan...playing the shuttle all over and going for the smash.
     

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    Now, it's 6-5. And the players are bringing out the strokes. The Korean leads in the 2nd game.
     

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    Long rally and after a long time, both players showing some great strokes. Sindhu leads 5-2.

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    What a contest this is! Lovely drop on the line as Sung let's it pass. It's 3-2 for Sindhu.
     

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    It's been gritty if not breathtaking. But Sung now needs to come back in the second if she has to make a match out of it. Sindhu won't let it go so easily now.
     

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    PV Sindhu wins first game: 21-18

    And that's the game for Sindhu. The Olympic silver medallist has taken the first game and a giant step towards the India Open Super Series final.

     

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    And that's game point. The net was the villain there. But can Sindhu close it?

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    PV Sindhu is just two points away from winning. Brilliant court coverage by the Hyderabad-born shuttler! 

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    Beautiful drop and an amazing angle to the stroke cuts the lead further. It's only one point between them. It is 18-16 to Sindhu now

  • 17:48 (IST)

    A little extra on the push and Sindhu sends the shuttle out. Sung crawling her way back. But a lovely dribble at the net gives Sindhu 16-13.

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    The lead is stretching. Sindhu is up 15-11. The first game is important to win.

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    Wayward shot giving Sindhu a bonus point as the Indian leads 13-10. It's not all smooth for India. Sindhu is trying to get her feet together despite leading here.

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    The next four to five points could decide the path of this first game...It's 12-10 to Sindhu.

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    PV Sindhu leads 11-9 at the break of the first game

    What a tiring rally that was and Sindhu looks in great touch, covering the court with ease. Will she win the first game to put Sung under pressure?

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    Now Sindhu seems to be in control. Moving the number two seed around, she catches the Korean at the net. It's 10-7 for the Indian.

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    Lovely cross court smash. Completely caught Sung off guard and the lead for Sindhu is 9-7.

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    Sung leads 7-5 and looks strong, confident. Great shot by Sung. Opened up Sindhu in the mid court, net dribbles and then the smash into the corner.

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    Extremely interesting how Sung is using the high tosses. Whether it buys her time to create space or puts Sindhu into two minds will depend on how the match pans out and the next few points.

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    The Big Match begins. PV Sindhu ss Sung JI Hyun of South Korea.
     
    If the last match is anything to go by, this should be a thriller. In the Dubai World Series, the match had gone to over an hour, spread over three games. Now at 2-2 this match promises much.

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    Carolina Marin enters final: 21-16, 21-14

    Marin smashed her way into the finals of the women's singles with an emphatic win in straight-games over Yamaguchi!

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    Carolina Marin enters final: 21-16, 21-14

    Marin smashed her way into the finals of the women's singles with an emphatic win in straight-games over Yamaguchi!

Quarter-final report: PV Sindhu got the better of Saina Nehwal in a pulsating all-Indian quarter-final of the India Open World Superseries badminton championships in New Delhi on Friday.

Sindhu, the 2016 Olympic runner-up, registered a 21-16, 22-20 victory in 47 minutes over the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist.

PV Sindhu celebrates her win over Saina Nehwal in the quarter-final of the India Open 2017. PTI

PV Sindhu celebrates her win over Saina Nehwal in the quarter-final of the India Open 2017. PTI

The match between the two biggest faces of Indian badminton confused the fans who backed both Saina and Sindhu. It was a match that pitted in-form Sindhu against a veteran who used to be her benchmark not so long ago.

Sindhu, thanks to her recent performances, has come out of Saina's shadows and stakes were high for both players.

Saina, who admittedly is yet to gain full fitness after recovering from a knee injury, showed she is regaining her sharp reflexes.

Saina began strongly, matching Sindhu stroke for stroke. Her bodyline shots on Sindhu seemed to be a pre-game tactic and it rattled Sindhu throughout the match.


But Sindhu, rising a wave of confidence, didn't flinch. Her repertoire of strokes, particularly the cross-court ones, gave her a 15-9 advantage, thanks to a spell of six successive points from nine.

With a six-point gap, it seemed easy for Sindhu. But Saina, the fighter and the determined competitor, tried to carve out a fierce comeback. However Sindhu held on to her advantage to clinch the first game 21-16.

Even though she lost the first game, Saina's late charge gave her some momentum that she carried into the second game. Her bodyline shots created trouble for Sindhu again.

Moreover, Saina showed her experience as she dictated the pace of the game. She got a 12-7 crucial lead. Having put a lot of energy and power to be in the lead, Saina looked a bit tired, letting Sindhu to come back.

Sindhu, six years younger than Saina, is at her peak and didn't hesitate playing long rallies. She was aided by Saina's tiredness as the latter placed a couple of shots wide and long. Sindhu also snatched a couple of points by smashing cross-court to the left of Saina, who couldn't reply.

At the 19-point mark, Sindhu equalised and then Saina played another successful bodyline stroke to be one point away from taking the tie to the third game. But a ruthless Sindhu fought back to be 20-all.


Then, Saina made her first service error at this critical juncture. Sindhu made the most of it. She followed it up with another powerful stroke and the game was over, match sealed.

With this win, double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu equalised 1-1 in head-to-head record against Saina.

"I felt no pressure even when she was ahead in the second game. I had confidence in myself. When it was 20-20 in the second, it was anybody's game. But I believe in myself and was confident I could turn it around," Sindhu said later.

In the semi-final, Sindhu will face South Korean second seed Sung ji Hyun, who defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 21-16, 22-20.

The other semi-final will be fought between top seed and 2016 Olympic champion Carolina Marin and Japanese fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi.

Spaniard Marin won against Japanese Minatsu Mitani 21-10, 20-22, 21-14 to set-up a clash against another Japanese. Yamaguchi got the better of compatriot seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara 21-13, 11-21, 21-18.

Meanwhile, men's singles shuttler Sameer Verma's campaign ended with a fighting 22-24, 19-21 defeat to Denmark's Anders Antonsen in 53 minutes.

Antonsen will meet Chinese Chou Tien Chen in a semi-final. The other semi-final will witness a battle between Danish third seed Viktor Axelsen and Hong Kong's NG Ka Long Angus.

With IANS inputs.


Published Date: Apr 01, 2017 07:08 pm | Updated Date: Apr 01, 2017 07:21 pm



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