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India Open 2017, PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal: As It Happened

News18.com | March 31, 2017, 7:24 PM IST
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Catch all the action of the quarter-final clash between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the India Open 2017 Superseries through our live blog.

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Mar 31, 2017 7:07 pm (IST)

And the two semi-final fixtures are -

Carolian Marin vs Akane Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu vs Sung JI Hyun 

Mar 31, 2017 7:07 pm (IST)

So the four semifinalists are - 

Carolina Marin - Top seed

Sung Ji Hyun - Second seed

PV Sindhu - Third seed

Akane Yamaguchi - Fourth seed.

Mar 31, 2017 7:04 pm (IST)

With this victory, PV Sindhu has taken revenge of the 2014 India Open loss that she suffered at the hands of Saina Nehwal.

Mar 31, 2017 7:03 pm (IST)

PV Sindhu beats Saina Nehwal in the quarter-finals of the India Open 2017 superseries 21-16, 22-20.

Mar 31, 2017 7:02 pm (IST)

What a brilliant comeback by Sindhu win the game in dramatic circumstances. After Saina had the game point, she hit her serve directly into the as the game was leveled at 20-20. Then Saina hit one unforced error to give match point to Sindhu. Finally after a brilliant rally, Saina hit the shuttle out of the court as Sindhu recorded a thrilling victory in the game and the match.

Mar 31, 2017 6:59 pm (IST)

Sindhu hits the shuttle out of the court as Saina has game point at 20-19.

Mar 31, 2017 6:58 pm (IST)

Three straight points for Sindhu as she level the game. A brilliant rally between both and Sindhu prevailed in the end by hitting a brilliant shot straight down the court. match locked at 19-19.

Mar 31, 2017 6:58 pm (IST)

Three straight points for Sindhu as she level the game. A brilliant rally between both and Sindhu prevailed in the end by hitting a brilliant shot straight down the court. match locked at 19-19.

Mar 31, 2017 6:57 pm (IST)

Sindhu is not giving up on the game easily as she takes the next two points to make it 18-19 in her favour .

Mar 31, 2017 6:55 pm (IST)

Serves changes hand once more as the next point is won by Saina who leads 19-16.

Mar 31, 2017 6:55 pm (IST)

Nehwal holds her nerve and wins the next two points to take the lead to 18-15. But Sindhu runs down the court in the next point and hits one past Saina. Saina now leads 18-16.

Mar 31, 2017 6:53 pm (IST)

Third point in succcession for Sindhu as she flies  in the air and hits a smash straight down the court. Sindhu makes it 15-16 in the second game.

Mar 31, 2017 6:52 pm (IST)

Saina hits one outside the court and Sindhu is slowly catching up with her. 

Mar 31, 2017 6:52 pm (IST)

Another rear court winner by Saina to take the lead to 16-12. But Sindhu takes the next point courtesy of an unforced error by Saina. 13-16 to Sindhu

Mar 31, 2017 6:51 pm (IST)

A good rally follows and this time Saina forces Sindhu to make a mistake by hitting the shuttle too close to Sindhu's body. 15-12 to Saina

Mar 31, 2017 6:50 pm (IST)

Saina's meek serve was smashed back by Sindhu as the score now reads 14-11. An unforced error by Saina makes the score 14-12

Mar 31, 2017 6:49 pm (IST)

What a rally! First Saina picks Sindhu's cross court smash and them hits one of her own to take a 14-10 lead in the second game.

Mar 31, 2017 6:48 pm (IST)

Back to back points for Sindhu who cuts down the lead. But Saina is in no mood to relent as she smashes one right into Sindhu's body. Saina leads 13-10.

Mar 31, 2017 6:47 pm (IST)

An error in judgment by Sindhu who thought the shuttle will land outside the baseline but it didnt. 12-7 to Saina.

Mar 31, 2017 6:46 pm (IST)

Great base line play by Saina as she sweetly hits the shuttle over the net and it falls just out of reach of Sindhu. At the short break, Saina leads 11-7

Mar 31, 2017 6:45 pm (IST)

Great net play by both the athletes and Sindhu comitts another error as she hits the shuttle into the net. 10-7 to Saina.

Mar 31, 2017 6:44 pm (IST)

Sindhu challenged a decision after she felt the shuttle had fallen over the right hand line, but replays showed otherwise and Saina extends her lead to 9-6

Mar 31, 2017 6:42 pm (IST)

Sindhu lobs the serve high in the air and Saina smashes it back to win the point. 8-6 to Saina.

Mar 31, 2017 6:42 pm (IST)

Another long rally between the two and this time Saina's smash wasn't picked by Sindhu and the latter couldn't reach it in time. Saina leads the game 7-6.

Mar 31, 2017 6:41 pm (IST)

But Sindhu is not going down so easily in the game as is forcing Saina to commit mistakes by engaging her in long rallies. Sindhu has won two successive points courtesy of that.

Mar 31, 2017 6:40 pm (IST)

Saina once again takes over the game with two successive points. The 2015 champions first hits a straight smash then, an unforced error by Sindhu gives her a 6-3 lead.

Mar 31, 2017 6:39 pm (IST)

What a shot by Sindhu! Saina hits a strong smash right at Sindhu who hits back with a super cross court back hand shot. Sindhu has cut down the lead to 4-3

Mar 31, 2017 6:37 pm (IST)

A brillaint rally by both the stars once more and this time Saina prevails with a well calculated smash right down the base line. 3 succesive points for Saina and she leads 4-1 in the second game, Sindhu has committed 2 unforced errors back to back.

Mar 31, 2017 6:36 pm (IST)

However, Sindhu is not letting Saina settle down as another cross court smash levels the game at 1-1.

Mar 31, 2017 6:35 pm (IST)

First point of the second game goes to Saina, who ,must be looking to build some momentum.

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India Open 2017, PV Sindhu vs Saina Nehwal: As It Happened
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Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will clash in the quarter-finals of the India Open 2017 Superseries event after both won their respective round two clashes, here on Thursday.

The last time these two heavyweights of Indian badminton clashed at the India Open was way back in 2014, when Saina managed to beat Sindhu in straight games.



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