Highlights, National Badminton Championships, result: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal enter semis

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Highlights, National Badminton Championships, result: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal enter semis
  • 21:37 (IST)

    Here's the schedule for tomorrow:

    ​Saina vs Anura

    Sindhu vs Ruthvika

    Prannoy vs Subhankar

    Srikanth vs Lakshya Sen

  • 21:08 (IST)

    Subhankar Dey beats B Sai Praneeth: 13-21, 21-18, 22-20 

    To come from a game down and beat a higher-ranked shuttler is just outstanding. What an emphatic win for the 24-year-old Dey to enter the semi-finals after a well-deserved win in three games. With that win, he sets up a semi-final clash with HS Prannoy tomorrow! 

  • 21:01 (IST)

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    18-18! It's a pretty tight contest between Praneeth and Dey as the scores are level in the third and final game. Who will take the match from here?

  • 20:56 (IST)

    16-12! Praneeth is still on the front foot against Dey, who has gifted a few points by hitting the frame at times. Praneeth has bounced back after a disappointing second game. 

  • 20:50 (IST)

    14-10! B Sai Praneeth has opened up a four-point lead over Shubhankar Dey in the deciding game. 

    The duo won 1 game apiece and it looks like the third and final game will go down the wire. 

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Kidambi Srikanth through to semis! 

    A hard-fought 21-17, 23-21 win for Srikanth who was stretched in the second game by eighth seed Shubham Prajapati. The recently-crowned World No 2  had to change his on-court position at times to unsettle Prajapati. He will face Lakshya Sen in the semi-finals next. 

  • 20:35 (IST)

    A heel injury for fourth seed Ajay Jayaram there. It seems like the shuttler hasn't fully recovered from the previous injury. Lakshya Sen gets a walkover and he is through to the semi-finals where he could possibly face Kidambi Srikanth. 

  • 20:33 (IST)

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    Meanwhile on Court 4, former junior World No 1 Lakshya Sen has taken a 9-3 lead over Ajay Jayaram in the opening game. The 17-year-old shuttler is one of the star attractions of the tournament and it wouldn't surprise many if he comes out victorious against Jayaram.  

  • 20:20 (IST)

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    An entertaining match for the neutrals there. Prannoy hung on till the very last in both the games to come out victorious. Onto the semi-finals! 

  • 20:09 (IST)

    PV Sindhu seals semi-final berth

    A comprehensive win for the top-seeded shuttler from Andhra Pradesh against Shriyanshi Pardeshi in straight games. Pardeshi tried her best to trouble Sindhu with a barrage of rallies but Sindhu's clean returns proved to be a handful for the youngster. 

  • 20:07 (IST)

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    18-15! Pardeshi has got a variety of shots but sadly, Sindhu isn't the one who will succumb to the pressure. The top-seeded shuttler leads as we approach the conclusion of the second game.

  • 19:59 (IST)

    HS Prannoy takes a 1-0 lead against Parupalli Kashyap: 22-20

    This was a close encounter. Despite a slow start to the match, Prannoy upped his game to snatch the first stanza against a defensive Kashyap. The second game is underway. 

  • 19:55 (IST)

    12-8! PV Sindhu manages to maintain the pressure on Pardeshi. The World No 2 is looking comfortable with the rallies now. 

  • 19:50 (IST)

    6-6! Interestingly, it is a neck-and-neck encounter in the second game. The rallies have started to begin and Sindhu is yet to get a grip on her backhand drives. 

  • 19:46 (IST)

  • 19:40 (IST)

    13-5! Sindhu extends her lead over Pardeshi in the opening game. Pardeshi looks a bit nervous as she is struggling to lift the shuttle from the backcourt. Not to forget, Pardeshi is also prone to making too many errors near the forecourt. 

  • 19:38 (IST)

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    Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty enter semis: 21-16, 21-18

    The young duo showed great tenacity to beat the experienced pair of V Diju and Chetan Anand in straight games and book a place into the semis of the men's doubles event. 

  • 19:13 (IST)

    Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty come from behind to clinch the opening game 21-16 against V Diju and Chetan Anand in the quarter-finals of men's doubles. 

  • 19:09 (IST)

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    17-8! It has been one-way traffic since the mid-game interval. Saina is running away with the lead and is just four points shy of entering the semi-finals. 

  • 18:42 (IST)

  • 18:38 (IST)

    7-2! Saina opens up a healthy five-point lead over Kashyap in the second game. The youngster is looking a bit tired as Saina has targetted the sidelines so far. 

  • 18:33 (IST)

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    18-14! Saina has successfully pushed Kashyap towards the backcourt at times to take advantage from the front. The former World No 1 has delivered a few forehand drives since the mid-game break. 

  • 18:26 (IST)

    14-12! Saina appears to be in great touch despite trailing in the early stages of the opening game. She has hit a few flat smashes to unsettle Kashyap. 

  • 18:24 (IST)

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    Kashyap is showing great promise her against Saina. A series of good returns have pushed Saina towards the backcourt and Kashyap is looking for an upset. 

  • 18:18 (IST)

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Saina Nehwal takes on Aakarshi Kashyap in the quarter-finals. It is a brilliant opportunity for the youngster Kashyap to play against former World No 1. Regardless of the result, this match is a great learning curve for Kashyap. 

  • 18:12 (IST)

  • 17:41 (IST)

    Satwisairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa down Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha Ram 21-14 21-12 to seal semis berth 

  • 17:34 (IST)

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy take opening game: 21-14

    Second seed Ponnappa-Rankireddy take a 1-0 lead over Sharma-Poorvisha after the former pair delivered a series of smashes to finish the game quickly. 

  • 17:13 (IST)

    Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy win first game: 21-14

    The top-ranked Indian duo played some quick shots at the net to unsettle their opponents and run away with the lead in the first stanza. A few attacking strokes were enough to trouble Kapoor and Garg. 

  • 17:10 (IST)

    In the other mixed doubles match, Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy take a deserved 11-8 lead over Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha Ram at the mid-game break of the opening game. 

  • 17:07 (IST)

    11-6! Chopra and Reddy have taken a five-point lead over Kapoor and Garg in the opening game. The top-seeded pair are in control of their game, combining brilliantly from the forecourt. 

  • 17:02 (IST)

    Time for mixed doubles action:

    Top seed ​Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy take on unseeded pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuho Garg in the quarter-finals.  

  • 17:00 (IST)

  • 15:57 (IST)

    The pre-quarterfinal action for the day has come to a close. All the big names have safely sailed into the quarter-final which is set to begin at 5 pm (IST). Join us in an hour for the live score and updates from quarterfinals of the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championships

  • 15:50 (IST)

    Parupalli Kashyap makes it to the quarters defeating Ansal Yadav 21-4, 21-13

  • 15:45 (IST)

    16-year-old Lakshya Sen moves into the quarter-final with a 21-18, 21-13 win over Pratul Joshi.

Preview: After a long gap of nine years, the senior National Badminton Championships finds itself under the spotlight following the participation of every top player in the country at the Divisional Sports Complex, Nagpur.

From the Badminton Association of India's gentle coercion to the increase in the prize money, speculations are rife about the reasons behind the participation of the top athletes in a tournament that they neglected over the years.

Nonetheless, the tournament gets its shine once again with the entry of players like Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram.

All these players will be in action on Monday after receiving byes till the pre-quarterfinal stage and it will be a chance for the home crowd to see their favourite players live in action on Indian soil and not just seeing them winning the International tournaments.

Apart from these big names, the presence of 16-year-old Lakshya Sen, the world’s top junior and Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy trainee, has also piqued the interest in the senior Nationals. The young winner of the Bulgarian Open earlier this year is strongly favoured to give the established stars a run for their money and has got off to a brisk start by winning his singles rubber against Maisnam Meiraba 21-13, 12-21, 21-13.

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Updated Date: Nov 06, 2017 21:37:59 IST