Highlights Singapore Open, badminton scores and updates: Sai Praneeth beats Kidambi Srikanth; Tai Tzu wins

Apr, 16 2017 IST

Highlights Singapore Open, badminton scores and updates: Sai Praneeth beats Kidambi Srikanth; Tai Tzu wins
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    And that brings an end to our coverage of the Singapore Open. Thank you so much for following along. 

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    Men's Doubles Final:

    Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen defeat Li Junhi and Liu Yuchen 21-13, 21-14 in 41 minutes to clinch the men's doubles title.

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    Unlucky for the third time in third consecutive Super Series final but well played yet again! 

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    Tai Tzu Ying defeats Marin; wins 5th consecutive Super Series title: 21-15, 21-15

    World no. 1 Tai Tzu wins her 5th title in five months and 3rd in 2017 after getting the best over Olympic champion Carolina Marin. The Chinese Taipei shuttler has defeated Marin in second consecutive Super Series finals as the Spaniard's unlucky run continues. Complete domination otherwise by Tai Tzu! 

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    13-11! Well, that was mesmerising stuff from Tai Tzu to drift the shuttle at the last moment. It shouldn't be a surprise as the Singapore Indoor Stadium is known for its drift.  

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    12-10! Tai Tzu is doing everything she can to stop Marin's attack after the break. The only way out for Marin is to become more tactical from here on and try to stretch Tai towards the basepoint

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    6-6! The second game has started quickly as both shuttlers look to put their best performance forward in the crucial hurdle. Marin needs a healthy lead to unsettle Tai Tzu and force a decider! 

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    Tai Tzu takes the first game: 21-15

    Tiring rallies and a barrage of backhand shots gave the Chinese Taipei shuttler the edge over Marin in the first hurdle. However, Marin hasn't done anything wrong. It's just that Tai Tzu has been successfully reading Marin's movement. 

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    14-14! Notably, Marin starts the play near her basepoint and capitalises her body at the forecourt to hit smashes and quick drives. Let's see if that works out well for the Olympic champion

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    Tai Tzu Ying leads 11-10 midway through the first game. The top seed ace is continuously attacking near Marin's right tramline that has proved beneficial for the All England and Malaysia Open winner. 

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    Carolina Marin vs Tai Tzu Ying

    Another interesting match gets underway as top seed Tai Tzu squares off against Marin in the replay of the final of the Malaysia Open. However, Tai Tzu is on a 24-game unbeaten streak whereas Marin is in great touch after beating India Open winner PV Sindhu in the quarters of the competition. 

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    THAT'S IT THEN! 
    Sai Praneeth wins his maiden Super Series title after beating Kidambi Srikanth: 17-21, 21-17, 21-12


    What an outstanding performance by the 24-year-old Praneeth as he takes the match away from Kidambi by showing his attacking prowess in the second and third game to win the elusive Singapore Open title! 

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    That jump smash takes Praneeth to 18-11 as he is just 3 points shy of lifting his maiden Super Series title of his career! 

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    15-7! Now an eight-point advantage is a very good lead when it comes to finals. The body language of Praneeth tells us everything about his desire to win his maiden Super Series title in Singapore 

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    13-7! Praneeth is forcing Kidambi to play tight net shots and it is working at the moment. 

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    9-3! Praneeth is proving to be too hot to handle with his intelligent selection of shots. That crosscourt was just outstanding!
     

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    Praneeth has taken a brilliant 6-3 lead to break Kidambi's rhythm in the third and final game. 

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    Sai Praneeth wins second game: 21-17

    Amazing fight back from the Canada Open winner as he turns the game from being 1-6 down to win the game 21-17 and force the match into a DECIDER! This is what Kashyap was talking about when he said that Praneeth's shot selection towards the end of the game is just unmatchable! 

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    17-19! Superb net play this time from Kidambi

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    17-15! Brilliant net play by Praneeth there to put Kidambi on the back foot. Need more of this to take the second game! 

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    14-13! Praneeth allows Kidambi to play forehand shots from near the net which is more or less like digging your own grave. Kidambi, on the other hand, has stayed composed and is not in a hurry to play his shots

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    10-10! Both shuttlers have now decided to take an attacking approach going into the crucial second game. It's anyone's game from here but Praneeth has to attack from the forecourt and not from the basepoint. 

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    7-4! It's Kidambi this time around who is finding an angle and executing his jump shot accurately to put some pressure over Praneeth. He knows that if Praneeth takes advantage of the second game, it would be very difficult to come back. 
     

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    The second game gets underway! 

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    Kidambi Srikanth claims first game: 21-17

    Known for making a slow start to the match, Kidambi started off well against fellow Indian Sai Praneeth by taking a healthy lead at the break and almost maintaining it towards the end of the game. Kidambi's footwork has been noteworthy so far as Praneeth is tested at the other half of the court.

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    What a rally! 17-20

    Praneeth completely outmanoeuvres Kidambi in that tiring rally to save TWO game points. Now, this is where the 24-year-old is unbeatable. He just needs an angle to deliver a drop shot. 

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    14-15! That's a brilliant forehand crosscourt by Praneeth as he forces Kidambi towards his left tramline. Praneeth has been brilliant throughout the tournament just because of his offensive skills but he would need a mixture of both attack and defence to upset the former India Open winner

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    14-9! Kidambi is a monster when it comes to tiring rallies as he, like Carolina Marin, tends to drain his opponent by pushing them towards the basepoint.  

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    9-6! Excellent jump smash by Kidambi takes allows him to take a three-point gap before the interval of the first game. Kidambi started off defensively but he has now been able to read Praneeth's movements.

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    5-5!
    As Parupalli Kashyap mentioned earlier, Praneeth's strokes and forehand drives are his best skills and nobody in the Indian badminton circuit can match it. And he is showing the same against Kidambi.
    "I wish I had half as many strokes as he had. He has such supple wrists that he can change his shots at the last moment", said Kashyap

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    Sai Praneeth takes the serve and leads 2-1 in the first game! 

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    Kidambi Srikanth vs Sai Praneeth

    It's the all-Indian clash between the World no. 29 and World no. 30 in the final of the men's singles. Both Kidambi and Praneeth have faced each other on five occasions where the latter leads 4-1 and will look to put his hands on his maiden Super Series title! 

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    Kamillia Rytter Juhl / Christinna Pedersen wins mixed doubles title: 21-18, 14-21, 21-15

    It's their fifth overall and first Super Series title of the year for the Danish pair as they beat top-seed Japanese duo Misaki Matsutomo, Ayaka Takahashi in three games. They played a tactical game to make a comeback in the decider and successfully unsettle their opponents!  

Singapore: Men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and B. Sai Praneeth on Saturday registered easy wins in the semi-finals of the $350,000 Singapore Open, marking the first instance of an all-India final in a Superseries event to be fought on Sunday.

World No.29 Srikanth registered a thumping 21-13, 21-14 win over No.26 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in 42 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

File photo of B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth. AFP

File photo of B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth. AFP

In the other semi-final, World No.30 Praneeth smashed past South Korean 35th-ranked Lee Dong Keun 21-6, 21-8 in 38 minutes to sail into the final.

Though Srikanth is a bigger name than Praneeth, having won the 2014 China Superseries Premier and 2015 India Superseries and a quarter-final appearance at the Rio Olympics, the latter has a 4-1 head-to-head record. Srikanth will not be happy facing an opponent who knows his game and someone who has got the better of him so many times.

But Srikanth has the big-game experience that will give him an added advantage.

During the semi-final, Srikanth showed his experience against Ginting. He was trailing 4-9 in the first game and then he registered an emphatic 10 points on the trot in a display of aggressive badminton. Ginting couldn't recover from this as he conceded the first game.

In the second game, Srikanth continued his high jump smashes as he raced to a 9-1 lead. Ginting tried his best to came near Srikanth but it proved to be difficult. The closest Ginting came was at 14-16. But the Indian snatched five points on the trot to seal the game.

Sai Praneeth was on a roll in the second semi-final. Keun looked a bit tired and couldn't move well, while Praneeth rocked winners consistently.

A 10-1 lead in the first game paved the way to a 21-6 win, while in the second game it was almost a similar show as the Indian cantered home to a 21-8 triumph.

Meanwhile, the women's singles title will be a contest between Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

With inputs from IANS


Published Date: Apr 16, 2017 04:40 pm | Updated Date: Apr 16, 2017 04:44 pm

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