Highlights, India Open 2018, Quarter-final match: PV Sindhu into semis; Saina Nehwal bows out

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Highlights, India Open 2018, Quarter-final match: PV Sindhu into semis; Saina Nehwal bows out
  • 21:17 (IST)

    In a day of upsets, former World No 1's Carolina Marin and Saina Nehwal crashed out of the India Open 2018. 

    It was a mixed day for Indians as the country's representation in the men's singles division in the tournament came to an end as Sai Praneeth, Parupalli Kashyap and Sameer Verma bowed out of the India Open

    Sindhu was the lone bright spot in the singles division as she made it to yet another semi-final where she will face Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon. 

    In the doubles division, the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy made it into the semi-finals, while other pairs in the women's, men's and mixed doubles went down fighting in their respective matches. 

    That's it from here and thanks for joining our quarter-final coverage. 

    Hope to see you all on Saturday for the semi-final action from the Siri Fort Complex, New Delhi where some of the best in the sport will fight it out to reach the summit clash of the five main events. 

    Thank You!

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    And it is curtains at the India Open for two-time former champion World No 10 Saina Nehwal. She loses the match 10-21, 13-21 in 33 minutes to USA's Beiwen Zhang. 

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    14-10! Zhang continues to build on her lead. The crowd's chanting of Saina's name doesn't seem to unnerve the American shuttler 

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    6-4! Saina is fighting back to reduce Zhang's lead. But, she will need to continue to step on the aggression to unsettle the American shuttler who seems to have the Indian ace all figured out so far

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    In a surprising start to the game, USA's Beiwen Zhang wins the opening game 21-10! in a completely one-sided start to this quarter-final against Saina Nehwal. 

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    16-5! Zhang continues to assert her dominance in the opening game of the QF against Saina Nehwal. Saina is being completely outplayed by the American in the game so far

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    8-3! Zhang still with a considerable lead over Saina in the opening game. The American shuttler has been hitting the right notes right from the start of play. She is clearly dictating the proceedings 

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    6-1! The crowd goes loud for the first time in the match as Saina wins her first point of the opening game. Not exactly the start the World no 10 had in mind

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    1-0! Good opening rally for the American shuttler who draws first blood in this quarter-final encounter against the Indian ace

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    This is the 11th time World No 10 Saina Nehwal will be in action at the India Open. 

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    Both these players have played each other thrice before with Saina Nehwal winning all the three encounters 

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    It is time for the other women's singles quarter-final where India's Saina Nehwal takes on Beiwen Zhang of the USA

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    The Danish pair of Mathias Christensen and Christinna Pedersen beat the Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy 21-17, 21-11 in 38 minutes of play. The scoreline might not suggest how close the match has been between these two pairs, however, it is the Danes who will go on to face yet another Indian mixed doubles pair in the semi-final on Friday

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    11-8! The Danes were trailing the Indian pair in the initial moments of the 2nd game but have dug their heels firmly to go into the mid-game break witha 3-point advantage 

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    5-2! Ashwini and Satwiksairaj are working to their strengths and look to be a more coordinated outfit in the second game. Will they be able to hold the Danes and enforce a decider?

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    21-17! The Danish pair of Mathias Christensen and Christinna Pedersen get the better of the Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa in the opening game. The Indian pair gave glimpses of their mettle to take the challenge to the Danish pair. An interesting second game in the offing 

  • 19:38 (IST)

    20-16! Ashwini's defence seems to be having answers to all the attack by the Danes, but it is game-point opportunity for them

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    14-10! The Danish pair of Christensen/Pedersen open up a 4-point cushion in the opening game of the quarter-final 

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    8-5! The Danes are in the lead, but Satwik's smashes and Ashwini's net play look to be highly promising 

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    It is time for the mixed doubles match between India's Ashwini Ponnappa/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and the Danish pair of Mathias Christensen/Christinna Pedersen

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    18-16! Zulkarnain in the lead. Sameer is very much in the game considering how the opening game has been oscilatting so far 

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    14-14! A very wide return from Sameer Verma allows Zulkarnain to level the scores once again. 

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    10-10! The roller-coaster continues as the game goes point for point in the opening stages of this men's singles quarter-final 

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    3-2! Sameer in the lead but Zulkarnain's defence could create some problems for the Indian shuttler 

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    This is the second encounter between Sameer Verma and Iskandar Zulkarnain. They faced each other in the Malaysia Open in 2012 and it was the Malaysian who ended on the winning side. 

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    It is now time for the men's singles match between India's Sameer Verma and the giant-killer Iskandar Zulkarnain from Malaysia who ousted Kidambi Srikanth in the second round on Thursday

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    Defending champion PV Sindhu enters her third semi-final at the India Open with a 21-12, 19-21, 21-11 win over Spain's Beatriz Corrales. It was a Sindhu spectacle for most parts of the game. Even in the 2nd game, she was in touching distance of levelling the scores after trailing Corrales 20-13. But, there were no such hiccups for the Indian ace who ran through her opponent in the decider. 

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    19-10! Sindhu seems to now have a better grip on the proceedings as she goes closer to reaching yet another semi-final at the India Open

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    15-9! Sindhu lets out her frustration after yet another unforced error hands the serve back to the Spaniard. 

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    11-7! Corrales wins the first two points after the break. Her drop shots are finally working to her advantage in the decider. Sindhu still in the lead

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Pre-quarters report: Men's singles top seed Kidambi Srikanth of India tumbled out of the second round, while the Indian mixed doubles pair of young Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa registered a stunning victory to join PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the quarter-finals of the India Open BWF World Tour 500 on Thursday.

Srikanth lost 19-21, 17-21 to Malaysian qualifier Iskandar Zulkarnain, who will face Sameer Verma on Friday. Sameer moved past Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto 21-18, 19-21, 21-17.

The Indian pair of young Satwik and Ashwini stunned third seeds Tan Kian Menga and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia 21-16, 15-21, 23-21 in a humdinger that lasted more than an hour.

This is the first time that there are two Indians in the semi-finals of the World Badminton Championships. AFP

File image of PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. AFP

Terming it as an "important victory" for their partnership, Ashwini said that "it was a crazy finish. We really wanted to win this as we were leading (in the match). I'm really happy it went our way".

They will next take on Danish fifth seeds Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen, who downed the Indians Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg 21-10, 21-11.

Among other upsets, Danish second seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen lost to unseeded Chinese pair of Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong, who won 12-21, 23-21, 21-14.

In the women's singles, Sindhu eased past Bulgarian Linda Zetchiri 21-10, 21-14 in 33 minutes, while Saina had no problem in dismissing Denamrk's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt with a 21-12, 21-11 victory in 22 minutes.

Olympic champion Carolina Marin overcame a scare from Chinese teenager Gao Fangjie 15-21, 21-15, 21-11 to set-up a clash against Hong Kong sixth seed Cheung Ngan Yi, who handed a 21-4, 21-7 drubbing to Thailand's Thamolwan Poopradubsil.

Defending champion Sindhu will next face Spanish eight seed Beatriz Corrales, who defeated Indian Ruthvika Shivani Gadde 21-19, 21-16.

Fourth seeded Saina will take on US' fifth seed Beiwen Zhang, who moved past Indian Mughda Agrey 21-12, 21-16.

In the men's singles, qualifier Shreyansh Jaiswal too put in a spirited display to stretch Parupalli Kashyap before bowing out 19-21, 21-19, 12-21. Kashyap will face Qiao Bin in the quarterfinals, with the Chinese having defeated qualifier Kartikey Gulshan Kumar 21-7, 21-3.

Eighth seed B Sai Praneeth moved past Hu Yun 21-10, 21-15 to set-up a contest against Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien chen.

In the men's doubles, the pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy took only 24 minutes to take out compatriots Tushar Sharma and Chandrabhusan Tripathi with a 21-11, 21-15 victory.

In the women's doubles, seventh seeds Jakkampudi Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram got the better of compatriots Rutaparna Panda, Mithula UK 21-12, 21-18 to advance to the last eight.

Ashwini also advanced to the quarter-finals with N Sikki Reddy. The sixth seeded pair defeated Megha Morchana Bora and Sanghamitra Saikia 21-9, 21-2.

Sikki also entered the mixed doubles last eight stage. She partnered Pranaav Jerry Chopra to beat Malaysian-Indian combine of Yogendran Khrishnan and Prajakta Sawant 21-10, 21-19.

With inputs from IANS


Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018 21:23 PM

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