Highlights Australia Superseries, badminton scores and results: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu bow out; Kidambi Srikanth enters semis

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Highlights Australia Superseries, badminton scores and results: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu bow out; Kidambi Srikanth enters semis
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    And that brings us to the end of a rather frustrating day for Indian shuttlers despite Srikanth's win over Sai Praneeth in the all-Indian encounter. The World No 11 is now the only Indian left in the competition since Saina and Sindhu were shown the door. Tough luck, girls! 

    Don't forget to visit our live blog tomorrow as we will be back to provide you all the updates from semi-finals of the Australia Open. Hope you enjoyed our blog!

  • 17:20 (IST)

    So, it wasn't really a great day for Indian women's singles as both PV Sindhu and 2016 Australia Open winner Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Superseries event in a similar fashion. Both Saina and Sindhu were outplayed in their deciding games where they were unable to maintain the pressure on their opponents. 

    Well, there was a possibility of a mouth-watering all-Indian semi-final had Saina and Sindhu won their respective matches.
    Earlier, Kidambi Srikanth ousted compatriot B Sai Praneeth in straight games to enter the semi-finals of men's singles.

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    Sun Yu beats Saina Nehwal: 21-17, 10-21, 21-17

    Sixth seed Sun Yu of China enters the semi-finals of the Australia Open after winning a marathon match which lasted for 1 hour 18 minutes in three games. It was difficult to pick out who was superior on the day, however, the Chinese shuttler kept her calm to win the game in the decider.
    Nonetheless, it was a good battle between attack and defence.

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    18-15! Three-point advantage for Sun Yu as she gets the better of Saina in yet another tiring rally.

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    Sun Yu wins four straight points to put Saina under pressure in the deciding game. 

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    Saina's drop shots have created a lot of trouble for Sun Yu, who failed to make the ground on three occasions in the third game.

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    14-12! Great judgement by Saina to let the shuttle land wide but Sun Yu challenges it. Oh, it's a tactical one so that she takes a mini break.

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    12-10! Saina maintains her two-point lead after the change of ends. Sun Yu's movements near the mid-court are looking shaky at the moment. 

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    Saina opens up a two-point lead at the mid-game interval of the third game. Sun Yu squanders her lead twice. 

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    9-8! Saina hits a brilliant crosscourt shot to close the gap on Sun Yu's lead. 

    The Indian shuttler levels the scores and has asked the referee to change the shuttle. 

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Saina was beaten twice at the mid-court.That's worrying!  

  • 16:33 (IST)

    7-6! Sun Yu claims three consecutive points to pip Saina in the final game. 

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    6-4! Saina's shot selection is proving to be the difference in the deciding game. Sun Yu is being stretched on the backcourt.

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    Both shuttlers have put on a great show! 

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    2-1! Sun Yu takes a slender lead with a good defensive stroke. Saina simply cannot afford to lose focus early on.

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    1-0! A series of world-class deceptive shots from Saina unsettles Sun Yu as the Indian wins a 35-shot rally with a delicious drop shot!

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    Saina Nehwal wins second game: 21-10

    Saina's defensive masterclass enabled her to take the lead early on and kill the game before Sun Yu could react. The Indian shuttler's net shots and domination in rallies have drained Sun Yu. Let's see how the decider pans out!

  • 16:21 (IST)

    19-10! Sun Yu is running out of steam as Saina inches closer towards clinching the second game. 

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    16-10! My word, that was some rally! 

    Saina and Sun Yu are good at defence as well. The World No 16 drained Sun Yu on the other side of the court to take the lead.

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    13-8! Saina loses three points as Sun Yu closes the gap on the score with long rallies. The Chinese is apparently very good when it comes to tiring rallies.

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    13-5! Saina is enjoying her healthy lead in the second game and has very much handled it effortlessly.

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    9-3! Saina wins seven points on the trot to trouble Sun Yu. This is domination at its best!

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    Saina leads 6-3 and has forced Sun Yu to play lobbed shots. 

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    Both shuttlers are still continuing to play attacking strokes from the mid-court. Let's see who leads at the mid-game interval.

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    Sun Yu wins opening game: 21-17

    This was one of the games where both the shuttlers tried to outwit each other with attacking shots. But, it was Sun Yu who won eight straight points to claim the first game. Saina lost focus towards the end. 

    The second game gets underway!

  • 15:58 (IST)

    18-17! Sun Yu wins five straight points to take a slender lead against Saina, who looks in a bit of pain after twisting her ankle.

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    17-15! Saina maintains her two-point lead as we approach the end of the opening game. 

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    16-13! Excellent court coverage by Saina. She leads by three points against a defensive Sun Yu.

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    14-12! Errors are flowing from Sun Yu's shuttle as Saina pips the Chinese shuttler in the opening game.

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    Saina makes it 11-11 to add some pressure. Despite a bright start, Sun Yu has struggled to play shots from the backcourt. 


  • 15:50 (IST)

    Alright, we have a guest here! 

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    10-9! Sun Yu is prone to committing net errors and Saina must try and play net shots to break Sun Yu's confidence.

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    9-7! Looks like the comeback is on. Saina won't let Sun Yu take control of the first game. 

    Oh wait, make it 8-9! Saina trails by a single point.

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    8-4! Saina executes an exquisite defensive drive to close the gap on Sun Yu. The Chinese shuttler has started well but Saina needs to settle in quickly.

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    5-1! Saina is struggling to judge Sun Yu's shots. She has been forced to play from the backcourt which allows the Chinese shuttler to hit a drop shot.

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    3-0! Sun Yu takes an early lead in the opening game. Three consecutive net shots to begin with.
    Forehand drive to extend her lead

Day 2 review: It was a good day for Indian shuttlers as defending champion Saina Nehwal, Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth advanced at the $750,000 Australia Open Superseries here on Thursday.

 Highlights Australia Superseries, badminton scores and results: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu bow out; Kidambi Srikanth enters semisIn women's singles category, Nehwal edged past Soniia Cheah of Malaysia 21-15, 20-22, 21-14 in a gruelling match which lasted around an hour. Fifth-seeded Sindhu played to her reputation and outplayed her Chinese opponent Chen Xiaoxin 21-13, 21-18 in 46 minutes' match.

In men's singles, Srikanth, who recently clinched Indonesia Open, and Praneeth continued their prime form, brushing aside South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho and Chinese Huang Yuxiang respectively to advance to the quarter-finals, where they take on each other.

Srikanth defeated Son Wan Ho 15-21, 21-13, 21-13 while Praneeth, who played a defensive game, defeated Yuxiang 21-15, 18-21, 21-13 in an hour long match.

In women's doubles, after winning the first game, the Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy were outplayed in every department of the game by Japanese duo Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto 21-18, 18-21, 13-21, and bowed out of the meet.

Updated Date: Jun 23, 2017 17:28:57 IST