Highlights Malaysia Superseries Premier, badminton scores and updates: Carolina Marin, Lee Chong Wei enter final with easy wins

Apr, 08 2017 IST

  • 21:01 (IST)

    That's all folks! Hope you enjoyed the live coverage of the Malaysia Open semi-finals but we will be back for the Super Sunday tomorrow as Lee Chong Wei takes on Lin Dan and Tai Tzu Ying squares off against Carolina Marin. Make sure to follow our live blog. Until the, take care! 

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    SUPER SUNDAY FIXTURES:
     

  • 20:40 (IST)

    Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya enter men's doubles final: 21-16, 21-13

    Known for their perfect combination of attack and defence, Marcus and Kevin outplayed Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in straight games to enter their first ever Malaysia Open finals. Notably, the Indonesian duo won the India Open title just 5 days ago and a win here would be the icing on the cake! 

  • 19:58 (IST)

    The final tie of the day is Takeshi Kamura/ Keigo Sonoda vs Marcus Gideon/ Kevin Sanjaya. Both pairs have met three times where the former has an edge with two wins. However, Marcus and Kevin are on a roll after successfully defending their India Open title just days ago. 

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  • Carolina Marin, the Olympic Champion will now play the World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in Sunday's final.

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    Carolina Marin smashes her way into finals

    A comprehensive victory for the second seed Marin as she takes out Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in straight games to enter her second consecutive Superseries finals. Okuhara tried to come back into the game towards the end but the Spaniard is too tough to beat near the net. 

  • And Marin takes the MATCH. It's 53 minutes and she takes it 23-21 and 21-19. 

  • 19:38 (IST)

  • Superb play by Okuhara. And she saves another match point. It's 19-20.
     

  • It's 16-20. Okuhara is desperately trying to bridge the gap. Will she successfully equalise here? 
     

  • It's 18-14 and the finish line is in sight for the Olympic Champion. Okuhara has only these couple of points to equalise. 
     
     

  • 19:34 (IST)

  • Marin again has a three point lead at 17-14. Can she go all the way now? 

     

  • 19:31 (IST)

    Marin with the error this time. She tried to hit straight but her shot ended up clashing with the net. She still maintains a three-point lead 16-13 

  • Brilliant play by Marin to now lead 15-10. Great variation from the Spanish.
     

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Nervousness is getting Okuhara as she again gifts a point to Marin. She trails 10-14

  • Marin wins a rally which had a few openings for Okuhara. Marin leads 13-10.
     
     

  • 19:27 (IST)

    Marin on the front foot at the break of the second game: 11-8 

    A three-point lead isn't enough and Okuhara should take the advantage now. 

  • Erratic play at the net by Okuhara as she gives the advantage away for Marin to lead 10-7.
     
     

  • 19:25 (IST)

    Okuhara gets one back but still trails 7-9 to the India Open finalist Marin. She needs to equalise and try to angle her shots towards the right tramline as it becomes difficult for left-handers like Marin to pick up shots from the opposite tramlines.

  • Marin leads 7-5, pushing a forehead which just drops on the line. And then it's 8-5 winning a point at the net.
     

  • 19:20 (IST)

    And it's 5-6 to Okuhara who is back with her high toss service. Can this make a difference? 

  • That was some deception by Marin as she leads 6-2. The Spanish seems to be coming back into form after losing the India Open final. 
     
     

  • 19:19 (IST)

    Marin leads 5-2 as her net plays are tough to defend. Okuhara needs to somehow get on track before the interval of the second game

  • A drop shot gives Marin a 4-2 lead. Okuhara needs to be careful and play with some variation as she needs to win the game to have any chance of playing the final.
     

  • In their last meeting at the 2016 All England, Okuhara had lost the first game but came back to win in three games. But now Marin leads 2-0 in the 2nd game.
     

  • 19:16 (IST)

    Okuhara needs to avoid rallies and push Marin towards the baseline. The Spaniard is unmatchable when it comes to rallies. The second game gets underway

  • Marin wins first game: 23-21

    And the GAME GOES TO MARIN AT 23-21. The Olympic Champion Marin has won the first game. Okuhara struggled at the start but fought back to stretch Marin. 
     

  • 19:10 (IST)

    What a game this is turning out to be! Marin drains Okuhara with attacking forehand drives as she leads 22-21. Who will win this one? 

  • It's GAME POINT for Okuhara. at 21-20.
     
    And Marin smashes at the net for 21-21.

  • And it's 20-20 as a forehand goes out by Marin. Scores have been equalised by Okuhara. Brilliant play!
     

  • Super rally and Okuhara wins a fantastic point after 37 shots. It's 19-20 with Okuhara serving.
     

  • Great rally and the point goes to Okuhara after 26 shots at 17-19.
     
    And that's GAME POINT for Marin at 20-17.

  • 19:04 (IST)

    17-19! Okuhara is giving her everything to turn the tables as she closes the gap. Marin in a hurry to finish the first game

  • 19:02 (IST)

    Marin tries to hit a cross court shot but ends up hitting it wide! She still leads 19-13 in the first game

  • And it's 18-13 to Marin who is now within sniffing distance of the first game.
     

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Lovely rally, back and forth till a body smash gives Marin 17-12. Will Okuhara bounce back into the game? 
     

  • 18:59 (IST)

    12-14! Okuhara needs to crack some drop shots to unsettle Marin or try to push her towards the basepoint. This is the only chance for the Japanese as the second game will be much tougher! 

  • Marin stretches to retrieve but loses her racquet as Okuhara gets an empty court to smash in. The Japanese is fighting hard to stay in the first game at 10-14.
     

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Marin covers the court quite convincingly and that has been her strength as we witnessed at the Dubai Superseries Finals, India Open and even in the shorter-format in the PBL this year. 

  • Okuhara serves at 8-13 and needs a few points to unsettle Marin who is on a roll.
     

  • It's been seven minutes into the match and Okuhara realises that to stretch Marin, one would have to take the game to the corners to get a few high tosses and then finish off.
     
    Marin races to a 13-6 lead.

  • 18:53 (IST)

  • Smashes straight to Okuhara to take a 8-5 lead and then it's 10-6. Perfect tactics from the Spanish Olympic champion who is playing the Japanese all over the court.

  • Great cross court smash from Marin as the Spaniard leads 6-5.
     

  • 18:50 (IST)

    Okuhara equalises 5-5! The Japanese ace is giving a tough fight to the second seed here. She is on a roll defeating compatriot Akane Yamaguchi in the semis 

  • Marin leads 5-4 and the game has been confined to the mid court. 

  • 18:47 (IST)


    ICYMI: Lee Chong Wei beats Wong Wing Ki Vincent in straight games to enter final

    A completely dominant Lee beat Vincent to enter the final for the 13th time with a 21-12 and 21-9 victory over Hong Kong's Vincent.Malaysian fans have got their wish - It's a Lee Chong Wei Vs Lin Dan final.

  • Okuhara takes the lead 1-0 but then a faulty net play makes it 1-1 with Marin to serve.
     

Kuching, Malaysia: Shuttler Ajay Jayaram lost to South Korean fifth seed Son Wan Ho in the men's singles quarter-finals to bring an end to India's campaign at the Malaysia Open Superseries here on Friday.

File photo of Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei. Reuters

File photo of Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei. Reuters

World No.20 Jayaram, the lone Indian to have crossed the first-round barrier of the tournament, was handed a 18-21, 14-21 defeat in 37 minutes by Son.

The Indian had a tough beginning, trailing 5-11 at the mid-game break in the first game. He showed stomach for fight as he reduced the deficit to one at 13-14.

However, Son edged ahead to hold a 17-13 advantage but Jayaram battled back to equalise at the 17-point mark. At this crunch time, world No.5 Son showed his quality to snatch three consecutive points to take the first game 21-18.

The second game was more closely fought at the beginning, with the Indian trailing 8-11. After the break, Son pulled ahead as he stepped up the gas, aided by Jayaram's unforced errors.

A 17-9 lead meant that the game was buried as Son had it easy to canter to a 21-14 facile win to enter the semi-finals.

The women's singles semi-finals match-ups will be Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying facing South Korean Sung ji Hyun and Spanish star Carolina Marin taking on Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Apr 08, 2017 09:00 pm | Updated Date: Apr 09, 2017 02:22 am