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Saina, on the other hand, was stretched at the backcourt on multiple occasions. And it's an upset! Tai Tzu was the favourite to win the gold in Nanjing but He sent the Taiwanese packing in three games.
Zheng and Huang enter semis The top-seeded Chinese pair beats Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa , to assure hosts China of a medal in the mixed doubles department. The Indian duo fought hard in the opening game but couldn't match up to the level of their opponents.
Zheng and Huang win first game: Zhang has been creating a lot of openings for Huang. Thank you for joining us! Join us tomorrow as we bring you live updates of the semi-final matches! Women's semi-final line up! Here is the women's singles semi-final line up! PV Sindhu beats Nozomi Okuhara. Scores level in cagey second game. It has been a cagey affair so far with neither players looking to be the aggressor.
PV Sindhu wins first game against Nozomi Okuhara. Sindhu manages to turn the game around after a slow start but Okuhara wins two points on the trot to get to but Sindhu wins a point to lead at the mid-game break. After a relatively slow start, Sindhu has found her rhythm. She wins two points off accurate flicks to Okuhara's backhand corner and has been able to force the Japanese shuttler into hitting wide a couple of times. The match is slipping away from the Indian. Neither player has managed a sustained spell of dominance in the second game.
Sai Praneeth looks to get back into the match in second game. A brilliant behind the back shot from Sai Praneeth! Kento Momota wins first game against B Sai Praneeth. Praneeth stares at first-game loss. B Sai Praneeth takes on Kento Momta.
Marin has kept Nehwal at bay. Her coach Fernando Rivas looks relaxed as ever. The Indian looks stifled. Marin still has a five-point lead over Nehwal, who has succumbed to pressure. The Indian shuttler's defence has been breached. There's no doubt about it. Saina is relying on her retrieving ability but that hasn't troubled Marin, who is turning defence into attack. Here we are, again. Marin clearly has the mental and physical edge over Saina.
The Indian shuttler has been hesitant to lift the shuttle from the forecourt. Marin has been imperious from the beginning. That crosscourt drop shot was out of the top drawer.
Marin is rocking the court with her foot movements too. It's one-way traffic at the moment. Marin is hitting some top-class forehand drives and mixing it well with deceptive shots to trounce Saina. A faultless start for Marin, who is looking to finish things quickly. She's got the punch strokes to unsettle Saina. That's a healthy five-point lead for the Spaniard.
Saina is looking a bit vexed now. Marin, as always, has been aggressive and the only way to bring her down is by being ultra-aggressive. Saina can manage that. The ever-tenacious Spaniard extends her lead, thanks to a strong start. Saina must avoid pushing her towards the backcourt. Both Saina and Marin look focused, prolonging the rally in the early exchanges.
The Indian enjoys a lead over Marin in the overall head-to-head meetings. India's Saina Nehwal takes the court as she prepares to face former champion Carolina Marin in the quarter-finals. The winner will face He Bingjiao in the semifinal, who defeated Tai Tzu Ying to enter the semis. At the mid-game interval, Praneeth trails Despite catching up with Momota, he lost his footing to a set of unforced errors.
So far, Momota has been on the attack and Praneeth has tried to defend. With an unforced error from Momota, Praneeth catches up with the Japanese at Sai Praneeth had a lead.
But Momota climbed back into the game and leads Through a string of unforced errors from Momota, Praneeth wins five straight points. Momota is proving too hot to handle for the Indian. Praneeth is trying to claw his way back into the game, but Momota still has a five point lead.
Sai Praneeth and Kento Momota have faced each other two times - both in - and the Indian won both. They've come a long way since then. Sai Praneeth is struggling against a superior Momota who has raced to a lead. B Sai Praneeth takes his place on court ahead of his quarterfinal match against Kento Momota.
The edition of the BWF World Championships has reached the halfway mark and the competition gets tougher here on. After Saina Nehwal crashing out in the quarters against Carolina Marin, and the mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Renkireddy also losing out in the quarters, Indian hopes now rest with PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth who will play their quarterfinal matches later today.
Sindhu will face a familiar rival - Nozomi Okuhara. Saina, Carolina, Sindhu, Okuhara — familiar faces meet in quarters. She lost , in the quarters. China's He won , , Sai Praneeth who will be playing their quarterfinal matches in the evening session.
It's the end of Saina's challenge. She loses , to World No. The screaming, grunting Spaniard has stamped her authority on this game. She has again raced to a big lead, this time with some sharp front-court smashes.
Marin is on fire! The Spaniard pockets the first game in just 12 minutes of play. Zheng smashes one to the backcourt and it is all over for the Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj. They lose , in the quarterfinals. Satwik gets one point back for the Indians with a clever return. The Chinese duo are still comfortably leading Yaqiong comes with a beautifull cross-court return that dips at the net. Aswini stretches to the left to lift, but is ill-placed to make a return.
It's for the Chinese pair. China hs the edge in the second game. The mixed doubles pair has taken a lead after short rallies. The Chinese shuttlers are quicker on their feet and make far few errors at the net, and that shows in the scoreline. Ashwini's experience coming in handy here. The India duo have charged back and are currently going neck-to-neck with the score now at Looks like we jumped the gun.
Ponnappa-Rankireddy have fallen back big time with the World No. Indians off to a good start against the experienced Chinese pair of Zheng-Huang. Get your daily dose of Sportstarlive with handpicked stories delivered right to your inbox! World champion Momota reaches Japan Open final. Kidambi Srikanth, India out of Japan Open. It's match point for Sindhu on her own serve.
It's still neck and neck at Sindhu keeps the gap close at Sindhu narrows the gap to Sindhu fights back to Okuhara has the advantage at and is just growing in confidence. Sindhu finally opens her account in the second game. She serves at Sindhu goes into the mid-game interval with a slender lead of Sindhu fights her way to the lead. Sindhu starts the game on the backfoot. Kento Momota takes the first game Praneeth goes into the break trailing Saina, Carolina, Sindhu, Okuhara — familiar faces meet in quarters Watch this space for all the updates from the quarterfinals Highlights: Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin Head-to-head: Nehwal Marin Second game The Indian has gained some ground and recovered to From to , it doesn't seem like Saina's day at all.
An advantage puts Marin in the driver's seat. Carolina Marin has raced to a six point lead in the first game China's Zheng-Huang win the first game It's for the Indian pair. It is anybody's game now. Momota beats Phetpradab to Japan badminton title.
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