Highlights, China Open SSP 2017: Chen Long to face Viktor Axelsen in final; Akane Yamaguchi takes on Gao Fangjie

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Highlights, China Open SSP 2017: Chen Long to face Viktor Axelsen in final; Akane Yamaguchi takes on Gao Fangjie
  • 15:45 (IST)

    Chen Long seals a place in the finals defeating Son Wan Ho in a three-game encounter. He will now face World No 1 Viktor Axelsen for yet another China Open title in front of his home crowd. 

    In the women's singles semi-final, the teenage sensation and giant-killer, Gao Fangjie will face World No 5 Akane Yamaguchi. 

    With no surprises in the doubles division, it will be an action-packed Sunday at Fuzhou, China

    That's it from us and join Firstpost tomorrow for all live score and updates from the finals. 

    Thank You

  • 15:01 (IST)

  • 13:52 (IST)

  • 13:30 (IST)

    18-14! Viktor Axelsen seems to be on the way to yet another Superseries Final as he goes three points shy of making the finals of the China Open Superseries

  • 13:17 (IST)

    Meanwhile in the other men's semi-final, it is the clash of former World No 1s as South Kora's Son Wan Ho takes on China's Chen Long

  • 13:15 (IST)

  • 13:11 (IST)

    19-12! Viktor Axelsen has upped the ante post the mid-game break to go two points shy of clinching the opening game

  • 13:03 (IST)

    12-7! Viktor Axelsen with an early lead in the opening game of the men's semi-final. 

  • 13:01 (IST)

  • 12:55 (IST)

    Gao Fangjie pulls off her second upset in two days as she beats Carolina Marin 21-19, 21-19 to book a place in the finals of China Open Superseries. Fangie will face Akane Yamaguchi on Sunday's super final 

  • 12:43 (IST)

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  • 12:28 (IST)

    11-7! Fangjie holds on to a 4-point lead at the mid-game break of the second game. Will Marin be able to push this match into a decider or is this yet another upset on thee cards 

  • 12:18 (IST)

    21-19! It is Gao Fangjie who wins the first game of her women's semi-final clash against the Spaniard.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    19-17! Gao Fangjie is two points away from clinching the opening game against Olympic champion Carolina Marin

  • 12:11 (IST)

  • 11:53 (IST)

    6-4! Gao Fangjie with the early lead. It is still too early to call the game but Fangjie is once again proving that she is no pushover

  • 11:42 (IST)

    Meanwhile on Court 2, Spain's Carolina Main takes on China's Gao Fangjie. 

    Fangjie comes into the semi-finals after completely outclassing her higher-ranked Indian opponent PV Sindhu in the quarter-final. 

  • 11:31 (IST)

  • 11:11 (IST)

    11-10! Yamaguchi goes into the mid-game break leading with a solitary point. But, the story of the 2nd game so far has been Intanon's comeback from trailing 2-9. 

  • 10:59 (IST)

    In a fraction over 20 minutes, Akane Yamaguchi clinches that opening game 21-14. Intanon looked unsettled as most of her returns either met the net or were wide off the sidelines. Yamagcuhi has used the court well to her favour as her ability to dictate the pace of the game has held her in good stead so far. 

  • 10:52 (IST)

    15-12! Yamaguchi uses her superior speed to pull off some audacious comebacks and stay in the lead 

  • 10:46 (IST)

    11-7! Yamaguchi has a 4-point advantage over her Thailand opponent at the mid-game break of the 1st women's semi-final

  • 10:40 (IST)

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Kick-starting the proceedings of the day, Japan's Akane Yamaguchi takes on Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the women's singles semi-final.

    This will be the sixteenth meeting between Ratchanok INtanon and Akane Yamaguchi. 

    The Japanese shuttler holds a 8-7 advantage in the meetings so far. 

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Firstpost's coverage of the China Open Superseries Premier Semi-final

    With Sindhu being handed a humbling loss by teenager Gao Fangjie in the quarter-final, the Indian campaign has come to a close.

    With World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying also bowing out of the tournament, the women's singles semi-final will see Ratchanok Intanon taking on Akane Yamaguchi while Gao Fangjie will face Carolina Marin in the other semi-final. 

    In the men's semi-finals, World No 1 Viktor Axelsen takes on Ng Ka Long Angus while the other match sees Chen Long take on Son Wan Ho

Report: Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu crashed out of the China Open World Superseries Premier on Friday losing her quarter-finals match to China's Gao Fangjie.

The second seed Hyderabadi shuttler was outplayed by Gao 11-21, 10-21 in a one-sided affair which lasted 37 minutes.

Right from the start, Sindhu never looked in the contention. She struggled against the Chinese shuttler and bowed out tamely.

Sindhu entered the quarter-finals stage by beating Han Yue of China 21-15, 21-13 on Thursday.

Lee Chong Wei, whose world ranking has fallen to seven as he approaches the latter stages of his career, went down in the quarter-finals to Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka-long in a 70-minute thriller.

Ng, ninth in the world, will play World No 1 and top seed Viktor Axelsen after the formidable Dane beat Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen 21-17, 21-14.

In the other semi-final, South Korea's number two seed Son Wan-Ho will play China's reigning Olympic champion Chen Long.

In the women's draw, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand plays Japan's Akane Yamaguchi and Carolina Marin of Spain faces the Chinese qualifier Gao Fangjie.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Nov 18, 2017 15:45:46 IST