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Badminton Asia Championships 2018, Men's Singles, Semifinal: HS Prannoy vs Chen Long, Live Match Updates

Chen def Prannoy 21-16, 21-18 to enter the final.
Updated: 28 April 2018 14:18 IST - Published: 28 April 2018 12:36 IST
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Prannoy fought impressively but Chen was able to read his game better and cut down.on errors as the match progressed.
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Chen rushes to the net and finishes with a great shot at the net.

Chen def Prannoy 21-16, 21-18 to enter the final.
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Prannoy saves one.

18-20
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The shuttle goes way wide!

Match points to Chen
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A point at the net for Prannoy.


17-19
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A couple of errors at crucial points are not helping Prannoy at all.

19-16 to Chen
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It continues to be a two-point gap, despite all that resistance from Prannoy.


18-16 to Chen
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An over excited Chen made a service fault to gift a point to the Indian but made up for it in the very next point.

17-15 to Chen
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Prannoy made it 14-15 but the Chinese has now gone up to 16-14
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Fine placement from Prannoy within the backline. It was in but the Umpire called it out.

Prannoy discussed and now it has been settled.
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It's out from Chen!

14-13
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Errors from Prannoy send the Chinese up to 14-12
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What a rally! The shuttle just lands on the backline!

12-12
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Down the line smash from Prannoy 

11-12
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Fourth straight point for Prannoy, who just pushes the shuttle back.

10-11 
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Another one and he now trails 9-11
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Smash and Prannoy gets another point.

8-11
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Sudden injection of pace from the Indian, who finishes the rally with a great backhand at the net.

Trails 7-11
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Chen takes control of things and leads 11-6 at the interval.
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Great deception from the Indian at the net and he puts it away at the net nicely with a backhand.

6-10
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Big smash down the line from Prannoy to push to 5-9
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It's 9-4 to the former World No. 1 now
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Being pushed to the back foot, Prannoy is having to come up with something extra and is making errors.

He now trails 3-8
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Chen has once again gone ahead to 5-3


His strategy has been simple - not allowing Prannoy to attack.

Chen has been prolonging the rallies to force Prannoy produce his defence and the Chinese is controlling the net as well.
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2 shots from Prannoy to get back to level terms.

3-3
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Prannoy defended well to get one point there.

1-3
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The errors are coming thick and fast from the Indian.

0-3
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And he extends it to 2-0
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First point to Chen 
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Can Prannoy fight back in Game 2?

Let's find out.
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The shuttle sails wide from Prannoy.

The first game goes to Chen Long 21-16
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Chen fumbles at the net.

20-16
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One game point saved.

15-20
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Six game points to Chen Long.

20-14
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2 points to Prannoy through a dropshot and a smash.

He now trails 14-19
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Prannoy's shot goes long.

19-12 to Chen Long
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Chen Long looks to have weathered the Prannoy storm for the moment.

It is 18-12 to the Chinese.
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Down the line smash from Prannoy!

12-15
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Another error from the Indian to go down to 11-15
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Prannoy is defending so well, even if he is losing the point.

So much effort into every point!

He now trails 11-14
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Chen rushes to the net and it is 13-11 to the Chinese
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What a rally!

It ends on a Prannoy error at the net.

So many times he surprised Chen with a quick backhand volley with just a flick of the wrist!
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Prannoy wins a point right after resumption.

11-11
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Prannoy misses the line and Chen is up 11-10 at the midgame break.
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Excellent pickup from Prannoy, showing great reflex.

10-10
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Now Chen takes the lead to go up to 10-9
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Crosscourt smash from Prannoy goes wide!

9-9
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Now Chen comes up with a backhand volley to outsmart Prannoy.

Prannoy 9-8