Highlights World Badminton Championships 2017, Day 6: PV Sindhu enters the finals to face Nozomi Okuhara

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Highlights World Badminton Championships 2017, Day 6: PV Sindhu enters the finals to face Nozomi Okuhara
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    It has been yet another mixed day for Indians. From an unfortunate start to the day, it has ended with a blockbuster finish. 

    Day 6 started off on a low note for the Indian fans as Saina Nehwal's inspiring journey came to an end in the semi-final where she lost to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in three games. However, she did win India a bronze medal to continue being an inspiration for the entire nation. 

    Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen set up a mouth-watering men's singles finals on Sunday.

    In the doubles division, Indonesia's Mohammad Ahsan and Rian Agung Sapturo will face off against China's Liu Cheng and Zheng Nan

    There will be one common name in the women's doubles and mixed doubles, China's Chen Qingchen. She will first partner Jia Yifen and take on Japan's Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in the women's doubles and later take on the Indonesian pair of Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir while partnering with Zheng Siwei. 

    But the story of the day will be the way India's PV Sindhu outclassed her Chinese opponent Chen Yu Fei in straight games (21-13, 21-10) to reach her maiden World Championships final. All eyes will be on her to see if she gets to bite her first yellow medal at this global event. 

    We will be back tomorrow to take you through the final day of the World Championships. Thank you for staying back and hope to see you all tomorrow for the Super Sunday. 

    Good night!!!

      

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    19-10! It

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    18-8! After some powerful pushes to the corner, Sindhu seals the point with a thunderous cross smash

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    17-8! What a cross smash from Sindhu to stem the tide and win back the serve from Yu Fei

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    16-8! Is that the best net-play seen in this match so far. Yu Fei wins that point with a clever backhand 

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    16-7! Yu Fei comes up trumps on that rally as she is still putting up a solid fight and not throwing in the towel yet. 

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    16-5! Sindhu is determined to finish this game as soon as possible. Just five points away from booking a place in her first ever final at the World Championships

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    15-3! Sindhu is no mood to allow Yu Fei any sort of a break as she relentlessly smashes her way to two more points 

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    13-3! Yu Fei is staging some sort of comeback, but it is going to be one high mountain to climb for the Chinese

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    13-1! Nothing seems to have changed since that break as Sindhu continues from where she left off with a couple of exquisite backhand drives

  • Sindhu is looking in control. Has a hang of the drift, too. Not giving away easy points at all. Sindhu tossing and inducing mistakes or closing them with placements and smashes 

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    11-1! It has been a PV Sindhu show in the second game. She requires ten points to win the game and match. Yu Fei needs ten points to catch up with the Indian. 

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    9-1! Sindhu ends on the good side of that rally as Yu Fei ends the 29 shot rally with a mistimed drop shot

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    8-0! Is there anything more that Yu Fei can do? If Sindhu misses a shot, it is clearly going wide. What a performance so far!

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    8-1! Yu Fei wins her first point and hopes to shift the momentum from Sindhu

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    6-0! Sindhu is playing clever badminton as she is using all four corners and stifling the natuiral game of Chen Yu Fei

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    5-0! Nothing seems to be going in favour of Chen Yu Fei as Sindhu is dictating the order of play in the second game 

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    7-0! Sindhu is in full control of the match. The Indian shuttler is toying with her opponent in this lopsided second game 

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    4-0! Sindhu is managing to work against the drift to hit winners after winners to open up the lead pretty early in the second game 

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     1-0! Sindhu draws first blood. Perfect shot by Sindhu to confound her Chinese opponent

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    21-13 ! and it is Pusarla V Sindhu who wins the opening game.  

  • Sindhu is creating those small bits of space and then exploiting it. Couple of nice cross court smashes; backhand tap. Good rallies, but Sindhu is comfortable 

  • 02:20 (IST)

    19-13!

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    18-13! Yu Fei has won the last two points. She has turned on her aggression and is putting pressure on her Indian opponent 

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    18-11! Sindhu is getting better at the rallies as she seems much more relaxed in hitting those winners and forcing her opponent to do the mistakes

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    17-11! Sindhu is working her height to her advantage as her attacking smashes is leaving Yu Fei clueless

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    16-11! A gorgeous drop shot, a handy cross-court shot and excellent judgment this time helps Sindhu win back the serve

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    15-11! The only thing that Sindhu seems to miss out on is her assessment of the drift and thereby the poor judgment of Yu Fei's long shots

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    15-9! Sindhu is gradually relaxing into the game and picking her shots sensibly, conserving her energy for those drop-dead gorgeous winners

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    13-8! What an amazing rally and an even better winner by Sindhu. The agility and technique of Sindhu has given her a 5-point lead

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    11-8! What a drop shot by Sindhu, the two time bronze medallist, as she pumps her fist to go into the break with a 3-point lead

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    8-8! This time it is Yu Fei's smash that goes awry as Sindhu levels the score 

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    8-7! Yu Fei gets some sort of vindication as a Sindhu smash goes too wide

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    7-7! Sindhu levels the score but Yu Fei is unhappy about Sindhu getting away with a net-fault

  • Lot of indian support in the Emirates Arena, where it is now 9.30 pm
     
    Chen Yufei looks pretty calm and steady for 19 year old. looks even younger. Sindhu must not give soft points

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    6-4! Yu Fei goes two points clear off Sindhu with a crosscourt winner that Sindhu misjudges

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    4-4! Sindhu picks one point right away with a well-placed drop to level the scores

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    4-3! Excellent rally by the two players and Yu Fei wins the point to go 1-point ahead of Sindhu

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    3-3! Excellent anticipation from Sindhu as she moves close to the net and finish it off with a winner

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    3-2! One more misjudgment from Yu Fei gives Sindhu one more point as she closes in on the gap between her and the Chinese shuttler

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    2-1! That was one attacking body smash by Yu Fei to take the lead from the Indian shuttler

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    1-0! It is Sindhu who draws first blood as Yu Fei misjudges a shot to be long

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    And it is time for the last match of the day

    India's PV Sindhu in action against China's Chen Yufei. Will Sindhu change the colour of her 2013,2014 bronze medals as promised. Game On!!!

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    23-21! Heart-break for the English pair but the Chinese duo win 21-15, 23-21. Chen Qing Chen and Zheng Si Wei make it to the finals. This is Chen's second entry to the final as she earlier qualified for the women's doubles final.

    What a tournament this is turning out to be for Chen Qing Chen of China


Day 5 report: India's PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal entered the women's singles semi-finals, while Kidambi Srikanth lost in the men's singles quarter-finals of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow on Friday.

Saina, 12th seed, fought off home favourite and 16th seed Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 in an hour and 14 minutes to assure India of at least a bronze medal.

Saina, who was playing her seventh consecutive quarter-finals at the World Championships, reached the semi-finals for the second time in the prestigious tournament.

Saina, the 2015 World Championships runner-up, will face Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara on Saturday for a place in the final.

Okuhara ousted two-time defending champion Carolina Marin of Spain with a 21-18, 14-21, 21-15 victory in an hour and 33 minutes.

Continuing her good run, India's PV Sindhu won her quarter-finals match against fifth seed Sun Yu of China 21-14, 21-9 in.

She will now take on Chen Yufei of China, who continued her winning run by beating eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 14-21, 21-16, 21-12.

Sindhu began the match on a positive note, opening up a 3-0 lead. The Chinese clawed her way back and reduced the gap to one point.

With the score reading 5-4 in Sindhu's favour, she won six straight points to win the lead 11-4 at the break.

After play resumed, the story continued with Sindhu steamrolling her way towards winning the first game.

Sun Yu tried to stop the juggernaut but could not do much as Sindhu raced to win the opening game 21-14.

After the change of ends, Sindhu continued her good run to take an 8-4 lead. The Chinese had no answer for Sindhu's precision play and made too many errors allowing Sindhu to go into the break 11-4.A

The World No 4 resumed from where she left and Sun Yu tried to launch a comeback but Sindhu maintained her stronghold and opened up a huge lead.

Sun Yu tried delaying the inevitable but Sindhu eventually sealed the match 21-9 to march into the semi-finals.

"Well I am happy with the way I have played today and I am pleased with the results. Even though I won, I must admit that Sun Yu is not an easy player to play against and the last time I played against her I lost to her (In Dubai 2016)," Sindhu said after the match.

"I am happy with the performance today. I went on the court thinking I need to give my best and play my game. Last time I played her I lost to her in Dubai. It wasn't easy and each point was important to me, even although I was leading," she added.

Commenting about her next encounter with Chen, Sindhu said: "She is a good player and she is playing well. It is never easy in the semi-final of a World Championship, anything can happen. I have to be prepared for everything."

In the other match, Srikanth was beaten by top seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-14, 21-18 in 48 minutes.

Srikanth never looked in the contention in the first game as the South Korean star outplayed him in every department. But in the second game, Srikanth gave some fight before surrendering.

Five-time winner Lin Dan also defeated Wong Wing Ki Vincent to reach the semi-finals.

The 33-year-old player defeated the 12th-seeded Wong from Hong Kong 21-17, 21-18.

The 2008, 2012 Olympic champion will now face top seed Son Wan Ho of South Korea, who beat Srikanth earlier.


Published Date: Aug 26, 2017 02:57 pm | Updated Date: Aug 27, 2017 03:21 am


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