Hong Kong Open Superseries, PV Sindhu vs Ratchanok Intanon, Highlights: As It Happened
News18.com | November 25, 2017, 7:05 PM IST
Catch all the action of the semifinal between PV Sindhu and Akane Yamaguchi from Hong Kong Open through our live updates.
Nov 25, 2017 6:49 pm (IST)
Sindhu Wins: And that's it. A relatively easy win for the Indian 21-17, 21-17. Now the biggest test of the tournament awaits her.
Nov 25, 2017 6:48 pm (IST)
Sindhu is just a point away from Hong Kong Open finals. She is in a comfortable lead of 20-17.
Nov 25, 2017 6:45 pm (IST)
Sindhu losing some points towards the end. But this shouldn't harm the Indian. It's 19-16 for Sindhu.
Nov 25, 2017 6:43 pm (IST)
Ratchanok nets another one. She surely has given up now. Sindhu just needs to close the match well. She leads 18-14.
Nov 25, 2017 6:42 pm (IST)
Is it too late for Ratchanok now? Sindhu is now leading 16-13. The Indian is on way to another final.
Nov 25, 2017 6:40 pm (IST)
A fierce battle going on between the two players. Sindhu holding on to that slight lead somehow, and managing to create that pressure. It's 14-13 for Sindhu.
Nov 25, 2017 6:39 pm (IST)
Ratchanok places it on the back court perfectly with a well-directed back hand shot. She is not giving up in the match as she takes the score to 13-12.
Nov 25, 2017 6:37 pm (IST)
Ratchanok cashes in on a slight mistake from Sindhu. That gives her a point. But Sindhu strikes back. She makes it 13-9, and inching closer to the victory.
Nov 25, 2017 6:36 pm (IST)
That's a brilliant point by Sindhu. She first sends Ratchanok back of the court, and then dips the shuttle on the net on the next shot. It's 12-7 for Sindhu.
Nov 25, 2017 6:33 pm (IST)
And suddenly Ratchanok finds herself in a tough spot. She has made it 10-6 now. Everything seems to be going right for the Indian at the moment. Sindhu leads at the mid game interval. It's 11-6 for the Indian.
Nov 25, 2017 6:31 pm (IST)
Ratchanok finding ways to squander her lead. Now Sindhu is trying to lead her opponent. It's 8-6
Nov 25, 2017 6:30 pm (IST)
Sindhu is forced into making a lot more mistakes in this game. She nets another one. It's 6-5 for Intanon.
Nov 25, 2017 6:29 pm (IST)
Sindhu attacking the net and trying to take control of the game. She plays down a drop shot to make it 5-4.
Nov 25, 2017 6:28 pm (IST)
Sindhu comes back with an equaliser. Sindhu makes her opponent play a shot in the net. That makes it 3-3.
Nov 25, 2017 6:27 pm (IST)
A change of shuttle by Ratchanok. Sindhu misjudjes a wide shot from Ratchanok. It's 3-1 for Thai girl.
Nov 25, 2017 6:26 pm (IST)
Sindhu concedes a point in the second game. Ratchanok will comeback stronger now. And Sindhu too gets a point now. It's 1-1.
Nov 25, 2017 6:24 pm (IST)
Half time: Sindhu should not get complacent here. And finally after seven points, Sindhu gets the game point. She clinches the game 21-17.
Nov 25, 2017 6:22 pm (IST)
Another three points for Ratchanok as she closes in on the lead. Sindhu taking a while to close the game. It's 20-16 fro Sindhu still.
Nov 25, 2017 6:21 pm (IST)
Sindhu covers full court to confuse her opponent and hit a winner. That brings her to the game point. But Ratchanok is not giving up as yet. She makes it 20-14.
Nov 25, 2017 6:20 pm (IST)
Ratchanok finally coming close to the net and playing her shots. That is working for her, as her gets three points on the trot. It's 13-18.
Nov 25, 2017 6:19 pm (IST)
A rare mistake from Sindhu. She doesn't return the shuttle cleanly as Ratchanok tries to catch Sindhu. It's 18-11.
Nov 25, 2017 6:18 pm (IST)
Ratchanok plays a cross court shot to get a point. But Sindhu strikes back and plays a body shot to make it 18-10.
Nov 25, 2017 6:17 pm (IST)
Drift playing it's part again. Ratchanok concedes fifth point due to drift. Sindhu leads 16-9.
Nov 25, 2017 6:16 pm (IST)
Sindhu showing nice variation. She is quick to switch from attacking mode, to playing an elegant shot on the mid-court. That leaves Ratchanok in no man's land. It's 14-8.
Nov 25, 2017 6:15 pm (IST)
Another unforced error by Ratchanok. She needs to play on her strength and make Sindhu play from the back court. Sindhu leads 13-7.
Nov 25, 2017 6:13 pm (IST)
Sindhu takes advantage of her height as she leads 11-7 at the mid-game interval. The Indian needs to keep focused to take the opening game.
Nov 25, 2017 6:12 pm (IST)
Sindhu makes Ratchanok play on the net. That just shows the improvement she has shown in her defence. She gets another point, with her opponent striking back. It's 10-7
Nov 25, 2017 6:11 pm (IST)
Sindhu coming close to first game lead. Both the girls are moving swiftly on the court, but Sindhu is executing her shots better. It's 9-5 now.
Nov 25, 2017 6:10 pm (IST)
A rapid rall from both the players. 20 shot long rally sees Sindhu not being able to receive the shuttle cleanly. But she strikes back, to create a wonderful angle and get a point. It's 8-3 in Sindhu's favour.
Nov 25, 2017 6:09 pm (IST)
Similar mistake for Sindhu gives another point to Ratchanok. But Sindhu strikes back with a powerful smash. That makes it 6-2. Early lead for the Indian.
PREVIEW: India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu entered the semifinals of women's singles of Hong Kong Open SuperSeries after posting a straight-game win over Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. Second seed Sindhu got the better of the Japanese fifth seed 21-12 21-19 in a contest that lasted 36 minutes.
The Rio Olympic silver medallist will face Ratchanok Intanon in the last-four round. Sindhu, who has slipped a place to be number three in the world rankings, had an easy opening game as she dominated completely from the beginning till the end. In the second game, the Japanese girl gave a tough fight to Sindhu.
After being tied 8-8, Yamaguchi surged ahead to 14-8 at one stage. But the Indian remained clam and slowly clawed her way back into the game, managing to catch up with her Japanese rival at 18-18. Sindhu was then quick to grab the next two points to take a 20-18 lead and wrapped up the match in style.