World Badminton Championships, Highlights, Day 5: Saina Nehwal Beats Kirsty Gilmour, Enters Semis
BWF World Championships 2017 Highlights: Saina Nehwal got the better of Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 to make her way to the semi-finals of the World Badminton Championships on Friday.
Saina Nehwal got the better of Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 to make her way to the semi-finals of the World Badminton Championships on Friday. Earlier, PV Sindhu dominated her opponent Sun Yu of China from the word go and won the match 21-14, 21-9 to storm into the semi-finals. Sindhu did not allow her opponent to settle and was in full control of the proceedings. The match ended in just 39 minutes.
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01:05 IST: SAINA NEHWAL BEATS KIRSTY GILMOUR 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 TO ENTER WOMEN'S SINGLES SEMIS
01:02 IST: It's 20-13 now. Saina one point away from the win.
01:01 IST: Saina Nehwal leads 19-12.
00:59 IST: Saina Nehwal 4 points away from booking her semi-final berth.
00:57 IST: A brilliant forehand and then a smash. Gilmour wins the rally. She still trails 10-16.
00:56 IST: Gilmour comes forward and plays a powerful smash. The Scottish still trails 9-16.
00:54 IST: Gilmour plays a backhand but the shuttlecock lands outside the baseline. Saina leads 14-8.
00:53 IST: Kirsty Gilmour starts with a cross smash after the break. She trails 7-11 now.
00:51 IST: Saina Nehwal leads the final game 11-5 at break.
00:50 IST: Saina Nehwal has a silver medal at the World Championships. She had won in 2015.
00:49 IST: Another smash from Saina. She is doing exactly what Gilmour was doing the second game. Saina leads the decider 10-4.
00:47 IST: Excellent smash from Saina Nehwal. Gilmour didn't have much time to react. Saina leads 8-4.
00:44 IST: What a start from Saina Nehwal. She is dominating from the start. The Indian leads 5-0.
00:43 IST: The third and final game is underway. Can Saina beat Gilmour to enter semi-finals?
00:40 IST: Kirsty Gilmour wins second game 21-18. Final game to decide the semi-finalist.
00:39 IST: Good technique from Saina. She was playing around the nets and didn't give Gilmour a chance. Saina makes it 18-20.
00:38 IST: Game point for Gilmour.
00:37 IST: A brilliant rally between Saina and Gilmour. A forced error costs Gilmour a point. Saina trails 16-19 in the second game.
00:35 IST: Gilmour is three points away from winning this game. She leads 18-14.
00:32 IST: Powerful smash from Gilmour. She leads 15-11.
00:31 IST: Excellent comeback from Saina. She wins two points and makes it 11-13.
00:30 IST: Two back-to-back points for Gilmour. She leads the second game 13-9.
00:29 IST: Kirsty Gilmour leads 11-9 at break.
00:25 IST: Gilmour is dealing in smashes right now. She gets a point with a brilliant smash. The Scottish leads 8-7.
00:21 IST: Unforced error from Gilmour. It's 6-6 now.
00:19 IST: Gilmour has started playing some aggressive shots. A solid smash has earned her a point. The Scottish leads 3-2.
00:18 IST: Brilliant start from the Indian shuttler. She leads 2-1 in the second game.
00:17 IST: The second game is underway. Can Saina win the second game to make her way to the semi-finals?
00:15 IST: Saina Nehwal wins first game 21-19 vs Kirsty Gilmour
00: 14 IST: Saina Nehwal takes this point with a cheeky shot. Game point for her.
00:13 IST: What a rally. Gilmour takes the point finally. It's 19-19.
00:12 IST: Gilmour hits this outside the base line. Saina gets a point. It's 18-18.
00:10 IST: Jump and smash! Gilmour plays this smash with full power. She leads the first game 18-17. It is going to be close fight between the two.
00:07 IST: Two back-to-back points for Saina Nehwal.
00:06 IST: Unforced error from Saina Nehwal after a long rally. Gilmour leads first game 16-12.
00:05 IST: Excellent comeback from Saina. The Indian shuttler makes it 12-14 vs Gilmour.
00:02 IST: Two back-to-back points for Gilmour. The Scottish leads 14-8.
00:01 IST: Saina Nehwal trailing 8-11 at mid break.
23:59 IST: A powerful smash from Gilmour. It's 8-all now.
23:57 IST: Saina Nehwal off to a brilliant start. She clinches back-to-back points to take 8-6 lead against Gilmour.
23:49 IST: Can Saina beat Kirsty Okuhara to enter the semis?
23:47 IST: The wait is over! Saina Nehwal is making her way to the court.
23:18 IST: Okuhara Nozomi wins first game 21-18 against Spain's Carolina Marin.
22:48 IST: Another exciting clash in underway. Rio Olympics Gold medallist Carolina Marin is up against Okuhara Nozomi.
22:45 IST: Chen Long beats Tian Houwei 21-12, 21-17 to enter men's singles semi-finals.
22:37 IST: Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda beat Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding 21-13, 23-21 to enter men's doubles semi-finals
22:07 IST: In men's doubles, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda win first game 21-13 against Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding.
22:05 IST: Chen Long wins first game 21-12 against Tian Houwei.
21:40 IST: Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda is up against Denmark's Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in the men's double event.
21:00 IST: Next round of matches will begin at 21:30 IST. Stay tuned as Saina Nehwal will be in action against Kirsty Gilmour.
20:17 IST: Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi beat China's Bao Yixin and Yu Xiaohan of China 21-13, 22-25-27, 21-19.
20:07 IST: Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan take 11-10 lead at mid-break of the final game.
19:52 IST: Bao Yixin and Yu Xiaohan of China keep their hope alive by taking the second game 27-25.
19:17 IST: In women's doubles, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan take the first game 21-13 against Bao Yixin and Yu Xiaohan of China
18:46 IST: And Sindhu has done it! She enters the women's singles semi-finals, beat Sun Yu of China 21-14, 21-9 in just 39 minutes.
18:43 IST: Sindhu showing her class with a lovely drop shot, leads 18-8.
18:41 IST: Sindhu comes back in the game with three consecutive points, leads 15-8.
Sindhu is inching closer.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Six points away from a semis spot. Leading 15-8 against Sun Yu. Come on!! #2017BWC
18:39 IST: A very good body smash by Sun Yu to take a point, trails 7-12.
18:37 IST: Half-way through the second game, Sindhu leads 11-4.
PV Sindhu continues to dominate.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Leading 11-4 against Sun Yu at the break of the second game. Way to go, girl! #2017BWC
18:34 IST: Sun Yu fighting back, trails Sindhu 4-8.
18:31 IST: Five consecutive points for Sindhu to lead 6-1.
18:28 IST: The rally which consisted of 38 shots long was finally won by Sindhu with a authoritative smash to take the first point in the second game.
18:25 IST: Sindhu takes the first game 21-14, mixed-up her drop shots and smashes beautifully.
18:23 IST: Bit of resistance from her Chinese opponent, but Sindhu manages to lead 19-11.
18:20 IST: Comeback for Sun Yu, gets three consecutive points, trails 9-16.
18:17 IST: Sindhu is running away with the first game, leads 15-5.
18:14 IST: Half-way through the first game, Sindhu leads 11-4.
A healthy lead at the break for Sindhu. Leading 11-4 against Sun Yu. Fantastic start! #2017BWC— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
18:13 IST: Sindhu is dominating Sun Yu with a 5-point lead.
18:11 IST: Wonderful smash from Sindhu down the line to extend her lead 6-4.
18:07 IST: Brilliant start from Sindhu, takes three consecutive points, leads 3-0.
3 scintillating winners to start the proceedings.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Sindhu 3-0 Sun. #2017BWC
18:06 IST: PV Sindhu starts the proceedings and gets a point right away.
18:02 IST: Both players are in the court!
18:00 IST: India's PV Sindhu is up against China's Sun Yu in the women's singles quarter finals.
17:58 IST: Denmark's Viktor Axelsen defeats Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 20-22, 21-16 to enter the semi-finals.
17:47 IST: Half-way through the third game, Axelsen leads Chen 11-9.
17:35 IST: What a comeback from Chen, wins the second game 22-20.
17:29 IST: The second game is getting intense, Axelsen draws level at 16-16.
17:09 IST: Denmark's Axelsen wins the first game 21-18.
16:55 IST: Half-way through the first game, Chen leads Axelsen 11-10
16:45 IST: Men's singles match between Viktor Axelsen and Chou Tien Chen is underway.
16:35 IST: Yufei Chen beats Ratchanok Intanon 14-21, 21-16, 21-12 to enter women's singles semi-finals.
16:17 IST: Chen Yu Fei claims the second game 21-16.
16:06 IST: Ratchanok Intanon leads the second game 11-9.
15:54 IST: Itanon wins the first game 21-14.
15:43 IST: In the first match of women's singles, Ratchanok Intanon leads Chen 11-5.
15:28 IST: Srikanth fought back in the second game but too many unforced errors cost him the match.
It would have been an incredible comeback as Srikanth was trailing 5-16 in the 2nd game at one stage but eventually lost it 18-21. #2017BWC— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
15:27 IST: Son Wan Ho gets the better of Kidambi Srikanth as he wins 21-14, 21-18.
No!!!— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Srikanth Kidambi bows out of #2017BWC after losing to Son Wan Ho 14-21, 18-21. Tried everything to make a comeback but not to be...
15:25 IST: Poor judgement call from Son Wan Ho, Kidambi is closing in on the world number one, 16-19.
15:23 IST: It seems Kidambi has got his momentum back and is playing freely, trails 14-18.
15:20 IST: The South Korean breaks Srikanth's seven point streak, leads 17-12.
15:18 IST: Kidambi Srikanth is getting back in the game, gets five consecutive points, trails 10-16
6 points on a trot for Srikanth.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Trailing 11-16 now. Closing in! #2017BWC
15:16 IST: Three brilliant smashes from Kidambi gets him back-to-back points, trails 8-16.
15:15 IST: Son Wan Ho running away with the second game as well, leads 15-5.
Son is stamping his authority over Srikanth.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Extends the lead to 14-5 in the second game. #2017BWC
15:12 IST: Series of unforced errors costing Kidambi dear, he trails 5-13.
15:10 IST: Things looking gloomy for the Indian in the second game as well.
15:09 IST: Half-way through the second game, the Indian trails 4-11.
Son Wan Ho continues his domination.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Goes into the break with a 7 point advantage over Srikanth. 11-4. #2017BWC
15:07 IST: The world number one is dominating the India, gets five consecutive points, he leads 8-2.
Son continues to have the upper hand over Srikanth. Leading 7-2. #2017BWC— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
15:05 IST: Unlucky for Kidambi as his shoe comes off in the back court, trails 2-5.
15:03 IST: Brilliant smash from Kidambi, he trails 2-3 in the second game.
15:00 IST: Son Wan Ho wins the first game 21-14.
14:59 IST: Poor net play from the Indian.
14:57 IST: Son Wan Ho is running away with the first game, he leads 19-14.
14:55 IST: Four consecutive points for the South Korean, he leads 17-12.
Son extends his lead. 5 points advantage for the Korean. Makes it 17-12 against Srikanth. #2017BWC— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
14:52 IST: Brilliant defensive play from Kidambi and an overhead smash gives him a point, he trails 12-13.
Srikanth gets the better of Son in a 39 shot rally. Trails 12-13 against Son.— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
Powerful jump smash #2017BWC
14:51 IST: A bad judgement call from the South Korean gives Kidambi a point.
14:48 IST: Half-way through the first game, Kidambi trails Son Wan Ho 8-11.
14:46 IST: Kidambi draws level at 8-8.
Srikanth draws level A straight smash which Son couldn't return. 8-8. #2017BWC— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
14:44 IST: Four consecutive points for Kidambi.
14:42 IST: Smash into the net, another unforced error from Kidambi. He now trails 1-6.
14:40 IST: Smash from Kidambi has been ruled out but the Indian challenges the call. It's out! The South Korean leads 3-1.
Plenty of aggression from Son early on. Leading 4-1 against Srikanth. #2017BWC— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 25, 2017
14:39 IST: Brilliant cross-court drop shot from the Korean as he takes the first point.
14:37 IST: So, the game begins! Son Wan Ho starts the proceedings.
14:34 IST: Kidambi Srikanth and Son Wan Ho have arrived in the court.
14:24 IST: We are just minutes away!
14:15 IST: Son Wan Ho is known for his gritty defence and it will be interesting to see how the world number 1 plays Srikanth's attacking and aggressive game.
13:49 IST: Srikanth will look to keep his winning streak intact.
13:41 IST: Quarter-final Fixtures, Day 5:
13:40 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of World Badminton Championships.
Srikanth, however, eased into the quarterfinals with yet another straight-game win over Denmark's Anders Antonsen in men's singles.
On a 12-match winning streak, Srikanth knocked out World No. 18 Antonsen 21-14 21-18. The World No. 10 Indian will clash with top seed and World No. 1 Korean Son Wan Ho in the quarterfinals.
Srikanth, who finished at the pre-quarterfinals in the last two editions, has a 4-4 head-to-head record against Son, whom he has beaten twice this year en route to his titles at Indonesia and Australia in June.