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
  • 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

  • 00:56 (IST)

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

  • 00:52 (IST)

    Vintage Lin Dan

  • 00:49 (IST)

    Yamaguchi after her win

  • 00:48 (IST)

  • 00:28 (IST)

    Highlight of women's singles SF between Sindhu and Yamaguchi 

  • 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

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • 00:06 (IST)

    Akane Yamaguchi enters the final 

  • 00:04 (IST)

    In yet another three-setter, PV Sindhu loses 21-19, 19-21, 18-21 to World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi who will face defending champion Tai Tzu Ying in Sunday's final 

  • 23:57 (IST)

    18-18! What can be said about these players and their rallies that hasn't been said before? It has been an exhilarating match so far!

  • 23:53 (IST)

    72 minutes of play and it is 16-16! in the decider. Champion performances from both these shuttlers

  • 23:51 (IST)

    15-15! Yamaguchi's relentless attack has helped her level the scores with Sindhu. The Indian ace is cramped for space as Yamaguchi continues to attack her body with close and fast-paced shots

  • 23:48 (IST)

    Sindhu leads 14-11!

  • 23:46 (IST)

    13-10! Just for the sheer brilliance in that rally, it is a shame that both players can't share that point! Yamaguchi drops it just out of the reach of Sindhu who continues to be the lead. 

  • 23:45 (IST)

    13-9!  Sindhu makes two consecutive unforced errors. One shot at the net and the other falls wide as Yamaguchi reduces Sindhu's lead 

  • 23:41 (IST)

    11-7! Fabulous smash from Sindhu to go into the mid-game interval with a 4-point advantage as they change ends in the decider of this intense semi-final 

  • 23:38 (IST)

    8-6! This match is producing one impressive rally after the other. Yamaguchi prevails in this rally that equals the earlier longest rally (44 shots). Sindhu in the lead

  • 23:36 (IST)

    7-5! Two successive mistimed smashes gives Yamaguchi the opportunity to bridge in the gap. Sindhu needs to not take her foot off the pedal

  • 23:34 (IST)

    5-3!  Fantastic smash there by Sindhu to take a 2-point lead in the decider. The Indian ace seems to be unleashing one smash after the other in this 3rd game 

  • 23:31 (IST)

    2-1! Sindhu in the lead in the decider. The Indian ace needs to win a lot more net exchanges if she hopes to make it to her maiden final at the All England Open 

  • 23:30 (IST)

    Rally of the tournament!!!

  • 23:28 (IST)

     What an anti-climactic way to win that 2nd game and enforce a decider. Yamaguchi's shot hits the net and falls on Sindhu's side of the court to give her the 2nd game 21-19! We have a decider

  • 23:25 (IST)

    19-18! Three straight points for Sindhu in the 2nd game to reduce Yamaguchi's lead to a solitary point

  • 23:21 (IST)

    Yamaguchi leads 17-14!

  • 23:19 (IST)

    15-13! Strike whatever I've said about the rallies so far. This was an insane rally that pushed both these players to the brink. Sindhu misses the point at the end of the 44-shot rally. Yamaguchi with a 2-point lead 

  • 23:19 (IST)

    15-13! Strike whatever I've said about the rallies so far. This was an insane rally that pushed both these players to the brink. Sindhu misses the point at the end of the 44-shot rally. Yamaguchi with a 2-point lead 

  • 23:15 (IST)

    12-12! That would be the best rally so far in this match. Yamaguchi dives to retrieve a shot and continues to keep the shuttle in play only to net an easy chance soon after. Sindhu levels the scores once again 

  • 23:13 (IST)

    Yamaguchi leads 11-9!

  • 23:11 (IST)

    9-9! Sindhu levels the scores with a smash that pushes Yamaguchi to the deep backhand corner. Yamaguchi manages to only hit the net 

  • 23:07 (IST)

    5-5!  The net has been quite favourable to Sindhu over the last two points as she once again levels the scores with the Japanese shuttler 

  • 23:04 (IST)

    3-2!  Such a good rally and Yamaguchi finishes with an delicate net shot that Sindhu fails to send across the net. Yamaguchi in the lead 

  • 23:01 (IST)

    That was some turnaround! Sindhu wins the opening game 21-19! but not before Yamaguchi pulled off an amazing comeback from 0-6 down and even 7-14 down to almost clinch that opening game 

  • 22:59 (IST)

    20-19! Sindhu loses her 1st of 2 game-point opportunities after Yamaguchi smashes a winner right inside the lines 

  • 22:58 (IST)

    Sindhu leads 18-17!

  • 22:56 (IST)

    17-16! WHAT A RALLY!!!! It is Yamaguchi who gets that point after 33 shots. Sindhu's early lead is of little relevance now  

  • 22:54 (IST)

    17-14! Yamaguchi is playing her way back into the match. She looks much more assured and is forcing Sindhu into those long rallies. Yamaguchi's patience is helping her bridging the gap between her and Sindhu 

  • 22:50 (IST)

    15-8! Sindhu has opened up her lead to seven points. It has been one towering performance by the World Championships silver medallist so far. She needs to keep the rallies shorter if Yamaguchi needs to be kept out of contention. 

  • 22:47 (IST)

    11-6!  It is Yamaguchi's turn to step on the aggression as the Japanese shuttler smashes her way to the first point after the mid-game interval

  • 22:45 (IST)

    10-5! Brilliant rally there. Some audacious returns in that point, but Yamaguchi's shot fails to cross the net and it is Sindhu with the five-point advantage

  • 22:43 (IST)

    7-3! Sindhu still in the lead but Yamaguchi is starting to make her presence felt in the match after trailing 0-6. Sindhu's coach Gopichand shouts from the sidelines asking her to continue the attack

  • 22:41 (IST)

    6-0!  Dream start for the Indian ace as she looks to enter her maiden final at the England Open. 

  • 22:39 (IST)

    1-0! Aggressive start from Sindhu to take the first point of the match with a body smash 

  • 22:37 (IST)

    World No 3 PV Sindhu has had a tough run so far in this tournament. All her matches have been marathon three-game thrillers.

  • 22:36 (IST)

    World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi is fresh from her German Open victory last week. Enroute to the semi-final, Yamaguchi got the better of Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin

  • 22:35 (IST)

    All England Open 2018: After marathon win over Nozomi Okuhara, PV Sindhu faces tougher challenge in Akane Yamaguchi - Firstpost


    Despite beating Nozomi Okuhara in yet another neck-and-neck battle, PV Sindhu should brace herself for an even tougher challenge against Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final.


  • 22:33 (IST)

    The winner of this match will take on defending champion and World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying who won earlier today against Chen Yufei 

  • 22:32 (IST)

    It is time for PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Welcome back to the 2nd session of the All England Open. In the 1st match of the session, PV Sindhu will take on Akane Yamaguchi 

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.

Sindhu YamaguchiIn 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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Updated Date: Mar 18, 2018 01:39:03 IST

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