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Asian Games 2018, Badminton, Women's Singles, Semifinal, Day 9: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi, Live Score, Latest Updates & Results

Live coverage under way!
Updated: 27 August 2018 12:56 IST - Published: 27 August 2018 10:32 IST
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And that brings us to the end of our live coverage of badminton for today.

Do join us tomorrow for the live updates from the final.

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Goodbye!
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After all the early setbacks in the team competition and in men's singles, the women have brought delight.

While Saina settled for the bronze, Sindhu has a chance to go for the gold. Although it will be a tough job as she faces the World No. 1 Tai.
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And Sindhu now goes on to face the top seed Tai Tzu Ying.
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The second half of the third game was absolute masterclass by Sindhu. Akane felt the heat throughout the post-interval section of the decider.

Sindhu just refused to stop and kept on smashing hard until the Japanese gave it all up!

Vintage Sindhu it was after inexplicably losing the second game, something she had no business doing.
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Final score: Sindhu def Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 to enter final
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Jubilant scenes in the crowd! The Indians there can't stop celebrating!!!!
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This is historic as Sindhu becomes the first Indian, man or woman, to enter the final of the Asian Games individual badminton event.  
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Big smash down the line and Sindhu WINS!!!!!!!
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10 match points for Sindhu!!!!!
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It's all Sindhu at the moment!

19-10
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Akane now hitting her head with the racquet.

Showing her frustration!
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17-10 now for Sindhu after Akane pulled back two.
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And now, 16-8 as well.

Sindhu looking poised for the win until and unless her game suddenly collapses.
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Quick few points in Sindhu's favour and she is up 15-8
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Akane is doubling over after every shot now.

Is she feeling the pressure now?
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People in the crowd chanting, "India, India!"
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Akane went for quick change of direction but miscues it.

13-8 to Sindhu 
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Sindhu smartly finishes with a tap at the net.

It's 12-8 to Sindhu
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And Sindhu goes into the midgame interval with an 11-7 lead.
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Suddenly Akane springs to life!


She is attacking the Sindhu backhand side and pulls back two points.
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10-5 for Sindhu now
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Akane collapses in the court after a long rally and Sindhu ends it with a winner.
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She has just pressed on the accelerator button here!

Up to 9-4 now
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Sindhu is exhorting herself after every point.

Very, very pumped up!
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Akane pushes the shuttle back behind Sindhu.

Trails 4-7
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Another one now!

7-3
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Body smash!!!!!!

Sindhu is relying completely on her power game now!

6-3
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Sindhu injecting power again.

Goes up to 5-3
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Akane finds a winner through a netcord. Sindhu tries to reach and lies down on the court.

3-3
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Error of judgement from Sindhu.

2-2
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It's 1-1 in Game 3
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Akane has been all fired up since the last 15 minutes or so and Sindhu has a lot of hard work to do.
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Sindhu just lost her precision and the game goes to Akane.

21-15
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Game points now!

20-15
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Akane is inching towards game points now.

19-15 now
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Sindhu takes the shuttle early and whips it hard!

Trails 15-18
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Sindhu closed the gap to two points but Akane stretches her lead further with a beautiful net dribble.

17-14 to Akane
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And Sindhu fumbles at the net.

16-12 to Akane
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And Akane is showing her remarkable defence, getting to the shuttle in a flash!

Sindhu is finding it hard to counter her.

Yamaguchi up 15-12
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And Akane returns the favour!

Akane up 13-11
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And Sindhu has started smashing!

She is now trailing 11-12
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Would you believe it?

Akane wrests away the lead and is up 11-10 at the midgame interval.
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And, just as we say it, Akane is attacking more now and that approach has given her 2 points.

Sindhu barely leading at 10-9
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Akane hasn't looked very confident throughout the match but Sindhu cannot afford to take her lightly.
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Smash from Sindhu pushes her up to 9-6
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And it's 8-6 advantage to Sindhu now
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That rally had 36 shots....longest rally of the match!
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Sindhu went up to 7-4 but Akane shows excellent defence and makes the shuttle drop right on the baseline.

Sindhu up 7-5
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And Sindhu grabs a couple of points and races ahead to 6-4
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This time Akane finds an opening on the Sindhu forehand side.

4-4