PV Sindhu, who started as the favourite against Korean Sung ji Hyun in a semifinal match of the BWF Super Series Masters Finals in Dubai today, lost in three sets 15-21, 21-18, 15-21. Catch highlights of the PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun badminton match here.
21:03 IST: PV Sindhu just couldn’t fightback. She tried hard but lost the decider 15-21. Sung ran out deserving winner. The third game lasted all of 25 minutes.
21:02 IST: Sindhu fighting. Down 15-19
20:59 IST: Sung closing in on a win. Has a handy 18-13 lead. Can Sindhu fight back?
20:56 IST: Sung seems to be more in control at this stage. Sindhu hurrying through her strokes. Trails 12-17.
20:55 IST: Sindhu playing poorly. Error-filled returns at crucial stages. Now trails 9-15
20:53 IST: Sung wins a lovely rally with a nice drop shot 12-8. She has more (8-5) front court winners than Sindhu
20: 52 IST: Sindhu narrows gap to 8-11
20:49 IST: It’s quite a power play by both players. Both giving it all, but Sindhu is making a lot of net returns. At the change over, Sung has a 11-6 lead. Big test for Sindhu.
20: 47 IST: Sindhu trails 5-9. This lead could be decisive.
20: 46 IST: Sung has a four-point cushion now (8-4)
20:45 IST: Sindhu cuts Sung’s lead, trails 3-5
20:42 IST: The deciding game starts and Sung has a 4-0 lead. Sindhu is known for her fights in the third game. It will be test of nerves for both players.
20: 36 IST: Sindhu on game point 20-18. Wins the game 21-18 in 29 minutes to force the decider. This has been a good comeback by the Indian girl.
20:33 IST: Sindhu has the lead...this could be crucial. She leads 19-18
20:31 IST: No one giving a centimetre. Sindhu leads 17-16
20:29 IST: Great fightback by the Korean. It’s 15-15.
20:26 IST: Sindhu has the lead again 15-13
20:24 IST: At the cross-over, Sindhu has the lead at 11-10. The next few points will determine the course of the match.
20:23 IST: Sung wins the first big rally of the match. It lasted 29 seconds. The score is 10-10.
20: 20 IST: Sindhu is missing the consistency. A wide smash down the line gives Sung a free point. It’s 9-9 in the second game
20:17 IST: Sindhu keeps her lead. She is not attacking much today. Lead 9-7
20:16 IST: Sindhu has a mini lead 7-6. She needs to shift gears here.
20:14 IST: Sindhu takes lead for the first time (3-2), only to lose it. The match is now at 4-4. Come on, PV Sindhu
20:13 IST: Game No. 2 under way and Sung and Sindhu are 2-2.
20:09 IST: Sung wins the game 21-15 in 21 minutes. Sindhu has not been in great touch. She is looking tired at times and not at her best. But she is known to be a great fighter. Getting some much needed advice from Gopi.
20: 08 IST: Sung leads 20-15
20:06 IST: Sindhu trails 15-19.
20:04 IST: The semis so far has not seen great tactics from either player. Sindhu is tentative and Sung is winning easy points. Leads 18-14.
20:02 IST: It’s quite a close battle. There have no long rallies. Sung leads 15-14
20:00 IST: A lucky point for the Korean, who leads 14-12. Sindhu has more rear court winners.
19:59 IST: Sindhu is putting a lot of returns to the net. Sung has a three-point cushion (13-10)
19:57: At the break, Sung leads 11-9.
19:55 IST: Sindhu is finding her touch. Classy net play and long reach is helping. She has cut the lead to just one point now (9-10)
19:53 IST: Sindhu is making errors. Put a simple return to the net. Sung leads 9-7.
19:51 IST: The Korean has built a 8-5 lead. The crowd seems to be very noisy.
19: 49 IST: Sindhu catches up to 4-4. Gopichand is at court side. Wants Sindhu to relax.
19:48 IST: Sung has a 3-1 lead. Sindhu has been slow to start.
19:45 IST: Sindhu to serve in the first game. Love-all. Lot of home support for PV Sindhu in Dubai.
19:41 IST: Sung first on court. The Korean is wearing a smart black outfit. Sindhu is wearing red. Time for the toss.
19:35 IST: Axelsen closes the match with a nice leaping smash, wins 21-19. The match lasted 56 minutes. It’s PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun next. Stay tuned in for badminton live score and updates.
19:32 IST: Axelsen wins free points as Son makes unforced errors. The Dane leads 19-16.
19:30 IST: Son has levelled to 16-16. He is using clever placements and some nice smashes.
19:27 IST: Axelsen leads 15-12. But the Korean is fighting.
19:22 IST: Axelsen seems to be on course. He has a thre e-point cushion (13-10) and seems to be in control.
19:12 IST: The PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun match is expected to be a close affair. The Korean is ranked No. 5 in the world. Sindhu is No. 10. Catch badminton live score of their match here.
19:02 IST: Axelsen has taken the first game 21-17. It was quite a close affair, but the Dane won six points on the trot, never to look back. The winner of this match will play Tian Houwei of China, who defeated top seed Jan O Jorgensen 21-17, 19-21, 21-13.
18:51 IST: The PV Sindhu match will start after the men’s singles semifinal between Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Son wan Ho of Korea. It’s a neck and neck affair so far in the first game.
PV Sindhu is clearly on a high in the BWF Super Series Masters Finals. After stunning world No. 1 Carolina Marin in straight games on Thursday, Sindhu will have an extra spring in her step when she comes out to play against Sung Ji Hyun at the Hamdan Sports Complex.
On form and stats this year, PV Sindhu will be the more fancied player today. The 21-year-old Hyderabad girl has a 6-3 win-loss record against Sung Ji Hyun, with four wins coming in 2016.
PV Sindhu’s latest win against Sung Ji Hyun came in the China Open in November 11. Sindhu beat the Korean 11-21, 23-21 and 21-19 in a tough match. Sindhu went on to win the China Open by beating China’s Sun Yu 21-11, 17-21 and 21-11.
The winner of the PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun match will play No. 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. Tai Tzu Ying defeated Sun Yu 21-19, 21-19 in the first semifinal on Saturday afternoon. The match lasted 50 minutes.