Highlights, Dubai World Superseries Final 2017: Sindhu vs Yamaguchi and Axelsen vs Lee Chong Wei in summit clash

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Highlights, Dubai World Superseries Final 2017: Sindhu vs Yamaguchi and Axelsen vs Lee Chong Wei in summit clash
  • 22:58 (IST)

    With the completion of that match, the competitors in the summit clashes has been decided. 

    In the men's singles final, defending champion and World No 1 Viktor Axelsen will face four-time champion and World No 2 Lee Chong Wei. A blockbuster clash in the offing.

    In the women's singles final, top seed and World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi takes on 4th seed and World No 3 PV Sindhu in a match where a new winner will be crowned at the end of the clash

    Thank you for joining us for the semi-final action and do return for all the live score and updates from the Finals of the Dubai World Superseries on Super Sunday. 

  • 22:52 (IST)

    This time there is no surprising comeback as Lee Chong Wei wins 21-17, 21-11 to enter his fifth World Superseries Final. A dominating performance by the Malaysian, especially in the second game to reverse the result of Friday's game against the same opponent, Son Wan Ho. 

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    20-11! A host of match point opportunities for the 4-time former champion Lee Chong Wei

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    17-11! Lee Chong Wei is now inching closer towards his fifth final appearance at the Dubai World Superseries 

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    14-8! Lee Chong Wei continues to consolidate his lead in the 2nd game. However, he will be in no mood to let the gauntlet slip once again against the wily Korean

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    6-6! Well, the stalemate continues as Son Wan Ho wins three consecutive points after Lee Chong Wei raced to a 6-3 lead in the 2nd game

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    3-3! It is even-steven so far in the 2nd game. Will Son Wan Ho pull off a repeat performance and enforce a decider?

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    Lee Chong Wei takes the opening game 21-17 in 26 minutes. An evenly contested opening game but Lee Chong Wei managed to close those long rallies in his favour unlike Son Wan Ho who seems to be failing to do the very thing that got him the win last night

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    19-15! Lee Chong Wei closes in on winning the opening game of the semi-final with a towering smash 

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    16-13! Both players are now trading points on their serves. Lee Chong Wei is still in the lead but Son Wan Ho is fast catching up  

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    11-8! Lee Chong Wei enters the mid-game break with a three point advantage over Son Wan Ho

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    On Friday, against Lee Chong Wei, Son Wan Ho made a comeback from one game down and trailing 3-11 in the second to win the match and qualify for the semi-final today

  • 21:51 (IST)

    It is time for the last semi-final match of the day. In a repeat of the last Group A match last night, Son Wan Ho takes on Lee Chong Wei

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    AND IT IS PV SINDHU WHO ENTERS HER MAIDEN FINAL 

    Sindhu beat Chen Yufei 21-15, 21-18 to become just the fourth Indian after Saina Nehwal, Diju V and Jwala Gutta to make it to the final of the year-ending event. She was tested to her limits by Chen Yufei in the 2nd game, but the Olympic silver medallist managed to avert the decider and ended the match in two games. 

    What a match! What a player!! 

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    19-17! Yet another fantastic long rally (57 shots) comes to an end after Sindhu fails to reach far enough to return that winner from Chen Yufei

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    16-16! Chen unsuccessfully challenges the shot that lets Sindhu level the scores in the 2nd game. Sindhu also gets a yellow card for misconduct for failing to return in time from a break

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    15-13! Sindhu makes two back-to-back unsuccessful challenges to reduce her lead over Chen Yufei to two points in the 2nd game

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    14-11! That was an impressive backhand smash from Sindhu and it was returned with even more panache by Chen Yufei but luck favours the Indian shuttler as the shot falls just wide 

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    12-9! After a brilliant winner, it is unfortunate that Chen Yufei has to relinquish the serve after yet another unforced error.

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    9-7! Chen Yufei works her way back into the game with a couple of smart smashes landing it perfectly. The Chinese shuttler needs to mix her shots a bit more if she hopes to unsettle Sindhu

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    7-3! What a ferocious backhand from Sindhu to open up a 4-point lead in the 2nd game of the semi-final 

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    5-3! An overhead shot from Sindhu is returned by a Chen Yufei smash that goes just wide to give the Indian shuttler a 2-point lead

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    3-3! Sindhu displays excellent defensive skills to win that point and level the scores. The tale of the fluctuating fortunes returns pretty early in the second game

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    2-1! A perfect smash to the left side of Sindhu gives Chen Yufei the lead in the 2nd game 

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    PV Sindhu wins the opening game 21-15! with that cross court winner after 24 minutes of play. It was a roller-coaster of a game till the mid-game break, but Sindhu stepped up her game soon after to open up a solid lead to clinch the 1st game

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    19-14! Sindhu is all pumped up after the last three smashes remains unanswered by Chen yufei

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    16-14! That was one impressive drop shot from the backcourt by Chen Yufei to reduce Sindhu's lead in the opening game

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    16-12! A successful referral from Sindhu helps the Indian ace extend her lead to four points

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    15-11! Sindhu displays her acrobatic skills to duck right in time to let that Chen Yufei return fall long 

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    12-11! Sindhu judges this point well to let it fall wide and win the serve

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    10-9! The longest rally of the match (42) comes to an end with an impressive drop shot from Chen Yufei to win back the serve from Sindhu

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    10-8! The lead is now fluctuating between both these players. Sindhu now has the lead following a couple of unforced errors from Chen Yufei

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    8-6! What a turnaround of events. Chen Yufei has now taken the lead in the opening game after trailing 0-5 in the initial moments.

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    5-5! Chen Yufei wins five consecutive points to level the scores in the opening game. It is got to do with both the attacking play by the Chinese and the increasing number of unforced errors from the Indian ace 

  • 20:48 (IST)

    5-1! Sindhu makes her first unforced error of the match to lose the serve to Chen Yufei

  • 20:47 (IST)

Report: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu registered the third consecutive win to top the women's singles of Group A in the World Superseries Finals at the Hamadan Sports Complex on Friday.

Olympic medallist Sindhu eased past World No 3 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-9, 21-13 in 36 minutes.

Coming into the match, both Sindhu and Yamaguchi had already secured their positions in the semi-finals, eliminating the other two players in the group, Japanese Sayaka Sato and China's He Bingjiao.

"Happy to win the match today and top the group..waiting for the draw to be out tonight," Sindhu wrote on Twitter after her game.

Sayaka defeated Bingjiao 21-18, 21-16 in 32 minutes to get a consolation win.

From Group B, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon and Chen Yufei of China were through to the semi-finals. Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying and South Korean Sung ji Hyun were eliminated.

Indian men's singles star Kidambi Srikanth lost to Chinese Shi Yuqi 17-21, 21-19, 14-21 in an hour and 14 minutes. It was Srikanth's third consecutive defeat which makes it an unforgettable maiden outing for him.

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Yuqi advanced to the semi-finals from this group.

In the other group, Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei and South Korean Son Wan Ho moved into the last four stage.

With inputs from IANS


Updated Date: Dec 16, 2017 22:58 PM

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