Highlights, Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017: PV Sindhu wins 1st match, Kidambi Srikanth loses to Viktor Axelsen

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Highlights, Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017: PV Sindhu wins 1st match, Kidambi Srikanth loses to Viktor Axelsen
  • 21:55 (IST)

    With that, we come to the end ofDay 1 of the Dubai World Superseries Finals. It was a mixed day for Indian fans as Sindhu's victory over He Bingjiao was immediately followed by Kidambi Srikanth's loss to World No 1 Viktor Axelsen in straight games. 

    Thank you for joining us for today's action and we will be back tomorrow for the second day's action where Sindhu will take on Sayaka Sato while Srikanth would like to change his fortunes in his match against Chou Tien Chen 

  • 21:52 (IST)

    What a comeback by the World No 1!!! Tai Tzu Ying once again prevails in a three-game encounter to defeat Chen Yufei 15-21, 21-12, 21-17

  • 21:32 (IST)

    Tai Tzu wins the second game 21-12 to push this match against Chen Yufei into the decider

  • 21:03 (IST)

    Chen Yufei wins the opening game 21-15! 

    Chen Yufei was the better player in that opening game for long stretches of play. Though Tai Tzu tried to put up a resurgence of sorts, it was a case of too little too early as the Chinese shuttler clinched the 1st game

  • 20:43 (IST)

    In the final singles match of the day World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying takes on Chen Yufei 

  • 20:36 (IST)

  • 20:36 (IST)

    The defending champion Viktor Axelsen defeats Kidambi Srikanth 21-13, 21-17 in a 38-minute encounter to make a winning start to his campaign at the Dubai World Superseries Finals 

  • 20:29 (IST)

    19-15! Axelsen in the lead but Srikanth seems to be on an upsurge. Will the Indian push this match into the decider or will the Dane win the match 

  • 20:27 (IST)

    15-12! Axelsen looks to run away with the game courtesy his towering smashes. Srikanth is working his way back but Axelsen is thwarting any kind of comeback from the Indian ace

  • 20:23 (IST)

    11-10! Srikanth wins four successive points to reduce Axelsen's lead. He has upped the pace of the game after the break

  • 20:21 (IST)

    11-6! Two continuous unforced errors from Srikanth gives Axelsen a 5-point advantage in the second game. Kidambi Srikanth who is returning from an injury lay-off looks to be out-of-sorts so far in this game 

  • 20:19 (IST)

    8-6! Srikanth is making his way back into the match, but that Axelsen smash that falls just inside the line wins him back the serve

  • 20:15 (IST)

    6-3! Srikanth is trying to make inroads into the game, but Axelsen manages to hold a comfortable lead in the second game

  • 20:14 (IST)

    4-0! In a repeat of the opening game, Viktor Axelsen takes an early lead in the second

  • 20:12 (IST)

    Viktor Axelsen wins the opening game 21-13. Though Srikanth did manage a revival of sorts after trailing 0-4 to go into the mid-game interval with a 2-point lead, it was an Axelsen show thereafter as he smashed his way to win the game

  • 20:09 (IST)

    18-12! It has been an Axelsen show after the interval. Srikanth is failing to answer the Dane's powerful smashes all across the court

  • 20:07 (IST)

    17-12! Kidambi Srikanth is making a lot more unforced errors as compared to Viktor Axelsen who has taken a 5-point lead in the opening game 

  • 20:04 (IST)

    13-11! Yet another smash and yet another point for the World No 1 who is slowly opening up the lead 

  • 20:03 (IST)

    12-11! Axelsen smashes his way to level the scores against Kidambi Srikanth and follows it with yet another jump smash to take the lead in this topsy turvy opening game 

  • 20:01 (IST)

    11-9! Srikanth with a 2-point advantage at the mid-game interval of the opening game. Both players have dominated proceedings in various phases of the game. 

  • 19:59 (IST)

    9-4! The Srikanth express continues to amass points on a whim as he scores eight points on the trot to open a 4-point lead over Axelsen

  • 19:57 (IST)

  • 19:54 (IST)

    2-1! Axelsen starts off proceedings with 2 points on the trot followed by Kidambi winning one to kick-start his account

  • 19:51 (IST)

    It is time for the men's singles action. World No 1 Viktor Axelsen takes on World No 4 Kidambi Srikanth in the Group B encounter 

  • 19:51 (IST)

  • 19:44 (IST)

    PV Sindhu wins 21-11, 16-21, 21-18! in a thrilling 63-minute encounter with China's He Bingjiao. Sindhu begins her Dubai World Superseries Finals campaign with a well-deserved and a well-fought victory 

  • 19:43 (IST)

    20-18! Fantastic shots from Bingjiao to stay alive in the game. A slice, a smash and a cross-court winner. Bingjiao has truly upped the ante, but is it a case of it being a little too late in the game?

  • 19:42 (IST)

    20-16! Match-point opportunity for PV Sindhu

  • 19:41 (IST)

    18-16! Excellent judgment by Sindhu to let that shot away as she takes a 2-point lead in the decider 

  • 19:39 (IST)

  • 19:37 (IST)

    16-14! Sindhu loses a challenge referral as the call of "out' is validated by the TV umpires. Bingjiao is slowly making her way back into the match

  • 19:35 (IST)

  • 19:33 (IST)

    14-10! One more powerful smash from Sindhu gives her a 4-point lead in the decider

  • 19:29 (IST)

    11-7! One more unforced error from Bingjiao gives Sindhu a 4-point lead in the mid-game break of the decider. Most returns from Bingjiao has been quite a distance away from the sidelines. 

  • 19:27 (IST)

    9-7! That was a rather tame end to that rally. Sindhu hits an unforced error to give Bingjiao the serve in the decider

  • 19:27 (IST)

    9-6! That cross-court smash from Sindhu left Bingjiao outstretched on the mat. What a shot!

  • 19:26 (IST)

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  • 19:24 (IST)

    6-5! That was one well-placed winner from Sindhu to take the lead in the decider. This is still anybody's game  

  • 19:23 (IST)

  • 19:22 (IST)

    4-2! That jump smash from Bingjiao meets Sindhu's outstretched racquet, but the return meets the net to give the Chinese shuttler a 2-point lead  

  • 19:20 (IST)

  • 19:19 (IST)

    2-1! The decider starts off with both players losing serve alternatively in a bid to ascertain dominance early in the game

  • 19:17 (IST)

    21-16! It is Bingjiao who wins the second game. The match will now have a decider. The Chinese shuttler seemed to be a changed player in the second game after being taken down with relative ease by Sindhu in the opening game 

  • 19:17 (IST)

    21-16! It is Bingjiao who wins the second game. The match will now have a decider. The Chinese shuttler seemed to be a changed player in the second game after being taken down with relative ease by Sindhu in the opening game 

  • 19:15 (IST)

    19-14! Sindhu's game seems all over the place as Bingjiao has taken the match under her control and looks to push this into the decider

  • 19:14 (IST)

    17-14! Sindhu stems Bingjiao's point spree as she wins her first point after Bingjiao won four points on the trot

  • 19:12 (IST)

    14-13! Bingjiao seems to be much more in control than her Indian opponent. But Sindhu is giving it her all to end this match in this game

  • 19:10 (IST)

  • 19:09 (IST)

    12-11! Sindhu takes the lead for the first time in the second game. Will this match be a 2-game affair or is a decider on the cards?

Top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth would be aiming for a great finale to what has been a good year for Indian badminton when they take the court at the USD one million Dubai Superseries Finals starting on Wednesday.

Only the very best participate in this prestigious tournament with only the top eight in the respective men's and women's singles rankings earning the right to compete.

World No.3 Sindhu and World No.4 Srikanth can't afford to lower their guard when they begin their campaign against China's world No.9 Hi Bingjiao and World No.1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark respectively at the Sheikh Hamdan Indoor Stadium here.

Both Sindhu and Srikanth are coming into the tournament after a highly successful year.

Sindhu clinched the India Open and Korea Open, besides bagging a silver at Glasgow World Championship and finishing runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month.

Srikanth, on the other hand, became the only Indian, and the fourth player ever, to win four Super Series titles in a calendar.

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Updated Date: Dec 13, 2017 21:58 PM

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