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Highlights, All England Open 2018, Semi-final: Lin Dan, Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying enter finals; PV Sindhu bows out

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Highlights, All England Open 2018, Semi-final: Lin Dan, Akane Yamaguchi, Tai Tzu Ying enter finals; PV Sindhu bows out

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Mar 18, 2018 - 01:39 (IST)

That's it from here. It was a tough day for Indian fans as PV Sindhu ended on the wrong side of a three-set match for the first time this tournament. Sindhu missed out on an opportunity to enter her first final after losing a 79-minute thriller to Akane Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi will now face Tai Tzu in the summit clash. 

In the men's singles division, six-time champion Lin Dan will fight it out against last year's runner-up Shi Yuqi in the title clash.

Thank you for joining us today and see you tomorrow for the coverage of the All England Open Finals

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:56 (IST)

Huang Yuxiang has enforced a decider by completely outplaying Lin Dan in the 2nd game to win 21-13!

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:52 (IST)

Vintage Lin Dan

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:49 (IST)

Yamaguchi after her win

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:48 (IST)

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:28 (IST)

Highlight of women's singles SF between Sindhu and Yamaguchi 

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:26 (IST)

Lin Dan clinches the opening game 21-14!  in 17 minutes. Huang did show the reasons why he got past Srikanth and Prannoy in the earlier games, but Lin Dan has been upto the task in this semi-final so far

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:12 (IST)

6-3! It is Lin Dan with an early lead in this semi-final. The defence of the Chinese shuttler is holding good against his compatriot Huang 

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:08 (IST)

In the last singles match of the day six-time champion Lin Dan takes on Huang Yuxiang who defeated India's Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy enroute to the semi-final of the All England Open 

Mar 18, 2018 - 00:06 (IST)

Akane Yamaguchi enters the final 

Report: India's star shuttler PV Sindhu overcame reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on Friday to enter the semi-finals of the All England Open BWF World Tour Super 1000.

The Rio Olympic Games silver medallist edged past seventh seed Okuhara 20-22, 21-18, 21-18 in an hour and 24 minutes in a last-eight women's singles clash.

While the first game was a see-saw battle, with both not letting each other take long run of points, the second and third game saw fourth seeded Sindhu recover from difficult situations.

Highlights All England Open 2018 Semifinal Lin Dan Akane Yamaguchi Tai Tzu Ying enter finals PV Sindhu bows outIn the second game, Sindhu had a three-point advantage at 16-13 but the Japanese hit back and took the lead at 18-16. However, Sindhu displayed superb skills to win the game 21-18 and take the match to the third game.

In the third and decisive game, the Indian looked tired and trailed 12-16 but fought back to equalise with four straight points before sealing the game 21-18.

"It was a good match and she also played really well. It was anybody's game until the last point. I am happy that I pulled off this match. Also I was trailing like 12-16 and then I came back, so I am happy I won it. I just gave my best There were errors in my part as well. I had to control the those errors," Sindhu said after the win.

On her rivalry with Okuhara, she said, "There are good matches every time we play. Prior to the match, we both have won five match each. It not easy to get points from her. She tried to play long rallies like it happened during the World Championship final (in 2017)."

On Saturday, Sindhu will meet Japanese second seed Akane Yamaguchi.

The other semi-final will be contested between Chinese Taipei's World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying and Chinese eight seed Chen Yufei.

While Tai eased past Japan's Aya Ohori 21-12, 21-13 in 33 points, Yufei saw off Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt 21-17, 21-12 in 44 minutes.

In the men's singles action, Chinese Shi Yuqi stunned Rio Games champion and compatriot Chen Long 21-10, 21-17 in 39 minutes.

Shi Yuqi will take on Son Wan Ho in the 1st semi-final, while six-time champion Lin Dan will face Huang Yuxiang who overcame India's HS Prannoy in a marathon quarter-final

With inputs from IANS

 

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