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Badminton Asia Championships 2018, Men's Singles, Quarterfinal: Kidambi Srikanth vs Lee Chong Wei, Live Match Updates

Lee def Srikanth 21-12, 21-15 to enter semi-finals
Updated: 27 April 2018 15:04 IST - Published: 27 April 2018 13:26 IST
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That turned out to be pretty easy for the two-time champion. The champion in Srikanth never turned up. It was a bland show from the Indian and a lot more was expected from him.
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And Lee DOES IT!

21-12, 21-15 in 32 minutes!!
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Lee now has five match points.

20-15
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He gets another point to reduce the deficit to four points.

15-19
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Immediately, Srikanth messes up the next shot. The lack in consistency has proved to be a death knell for him.

Trails 14-19
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Beautiful drop from Srikanth and he now trails 13-18
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Srikanth pulls back a couple of points through rare Lee errors.

12-17
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Srikanth closed the gap to five points at 10-15 but once more came up with errors.

Lee is now up to 17-10 
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Rush to the net from Srikanth to get one point back.

9-15
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Simply put, it's poor execution from the Indian right now.

8-15
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Srikanth is looking frustrated and totally clueless right now. His errors are killing whatever little chance he has had.

Srikanth trails 8-14 now
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But Lee regains control soon after with a delicate dropshot and goes up to 11-8 at the midgame interval.
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A little spark of life from the Indian as he gets another point.

8-10
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Lee leads 10-7 now
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Srikanth had the shot in his control as Lee was stranded but he squandered that chance by dumping the shuttle into the net.

Pressure?
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Srikanth stationed himself in the front court and moved around beautifully but Lee had the answers to everything!

Lee 9-4 now
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Points coming thick and fast for the former champion.

Lee up 7-3
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Lee is once again looking to be the aggressor as he keeps on anticipating and attacking well.


It's 5-2 to Lee
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Srikanth cuts down Lee's lead to one point and trails 2-3
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Smash down the line from Lee and be leads 2-1
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Srikanth tried to move Lee all over the court and it worked.

1-1 in Game 2
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Can Srikanth come back?

Let's find out.
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Age is just a number for Lee.

That was pure domination from the legend!
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Srikanth sends the shuttle out and the first game goes to Lee at 21-12.
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Eight game points for Lee
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Lee is anticipating well, moving well, doing just everything right!

19-12 for the Malaysian
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Srikanth gets to double digits with a backhand volley.

10-17
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Lee up 16-9 now
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Srikanth's accuracy is just not there. And that is harming him against a guy, who is looking confident and is thoroughly enjoying himself.
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Srikanth gets another point but the lead is still with Lee and he is up 16-7
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Lee targeted a shot to the corner but missed it barely.

It's 14-6 in favour of Lee now
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It's absolutely one-way traffic for Lee now!

He is leaping like a teen!

13-4 for Lee
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Lee is looking way more patient and is constructing points with a lot of thought and accuracy.

It is 11-4 to Lee going into the midgame interval.
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Srikanth is not helping his cause at all as a flurry of errors continue to bother him.

Lee up 10-4
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And it is 7-3 now for the Malaysian
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And Lee extends his lead to 6-3 with some lovely net play
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Lee showing a lot of aggression now. With a body smash he rises to 5-3
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They continue to be evenly matched

3-3
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And it is quickly all level at 2-2
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And we are off! 

Srikanth flies to a 2-0 lead
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Good afternoon! The players have arrived on the court and they are warming up.

What a blockbuster waits for us!
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The 38th edition of the Asia Badminton Championships is currently underway in China. The tournament, which is taking place at the Wuhan Sports Centre Gymnasium, will pay out a total prize money of 350,000 dollars and will award the participants with valuable points for their respective BWF rankings.

Top seed Kidambi Srikanth takes on the former world no. 1 Lee Chong Wei in the quarterfinals of the Asia Badminton Championship.
Srikanth defeated Japanese Kenta Nishimoto in the first round by a score of 13-21, 21-16, 21-16. Srikanth got through to the quarterfinals with ease after his second round opponent retired midway through the first game.

Fifth seed Lee Chong Wei defeated Qiao Bin 21-17, 21-16 in the first round and then went on to beat Indonesia's Ginting in the second round by a score of 16-21, 21-9, 21-11.

Srikanth will be looking to avenge his Commonwealth Games Final defeat to Lee Chong Wei when the Malaysian beat Srikanth to claim the Gold medal. 
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