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China Open Badminton Quarter-finals: Ajay Jayaram vs Chen Long and PV Sindhu vs He Bingjiao Live Updates

Updated: 18 November 2016 16:53 IST - Published: 18 November 2016 15:14 IST
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PV Sindhu is through to the semi-finals!!!

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And Sindhu ends it in style winning, 22-20, 21-10

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The Indian now has 10 match points at 20-10

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Bingjiao is clearly struggling. Sindhu has raced to a whopping 19-10 lead.

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That doesn't take anything away from Sindhu who has been very spot-on and is looking every bit the player who won an Olympic medal. She is now up, 17-10.

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There were rumours of Bingjiao having a knee issue before this match. To add to that, she has been playing at a high-level for a long time now and was on a 12-match winning streak coming into this contest. Fatigue might have played a role today.

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So far it has been very good for Sindhu. There has not been any let-down from the 21-year-old. Sindhu leads 14-6

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At the interval, Sindhu is ahead, 11-4

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Sindhu looks very comfortable now having raced ahead to 10-4. However, she knows she cannot afford to relax. Yesterday she let an 11-2 lead slip away in her second round match. Sindhu must be careful not to repeat that.

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Game 2
The Chinese took a 2-1 lead but it has since gone Sindhu's way. The Indian is up 5-2.

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And the Indian takes a one-game lead, 22-20

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Now the game point swings back to the Indian as Sindhu goes up, 21-20

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But the Rio medallist too won't be kept in check for long. Sindhu saves a game point to level 20-20

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There is a reason why Bingjiao has won three of her last five tournaments and is the most in-form women's singles shuttler now. The determined youngster surges ahead to 19-18

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Right at this time, it is Sindhu who grabs two quick points to inch ahead 16-14 and then extends it to 17-14 as well.

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Both are engaged in a gritty fight now and it is tough to separate the two, being locked at 14-14

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Some great footwork displayed by Bingjiao to first level at 11-11 and then keep the momentum going for 12-11.

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At the interval, Sindhu manages to maintain her two-point lead of 11-9

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It continued to be a competitive game with both being even at 7-7 but Sindhu pulled the trigger to break free for a 9-7 lead

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And they are level now at 6-6

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Bingjiao was trailing 1-5 but the French Open champion has fought back impressively to make it 4-6

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The Rio silver medallist takes a slender lead of 2-1 which she extends to 4-1

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Sindhu is up next as she faces her nemesis - the World No. 10 He Bingjiao. They have met five times this year and the in-form Chinese has won three of them. This will indeed be one exciting battle to watch.

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Ajay saves one match point for 14-20. Chen Long slams shut the match soon after for a 21-15, 21-14 win. The Olympic champion makes it through to the semi-finals.

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Chen Long races ahead to 18-12 after which Ajay takes a point. But Long once more steers the match his way by extending the lead to 20-13

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Jayaram has not yet given up. He takes two points to reduce the deficit to 10-15 before the Chinese has the momentum yet again for 16-12

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Chen Long has now marched ahead to 15-8. It appears to be just a matter of time now before the Chinese advances to the semi-finals.

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The Olympic champion takes another point to go into the break, leading 11-5

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This match-up is not good for Jayaram who has never managed to take a game off the Chinese. And it is proving an insurmountable barrier for him once again. Chen Long is up 10-5.

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Jayaram is running out of options here. Chen Long has now extended the lead to 8-3

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Jayaram levelled the score 2-2 but could not stop the Chinese from running away to 5-2 after that.

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Chen Long makes a 2-0 start to the second game much to the delight of the crowd who are roaring.

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The Chinese makes no mistake in converting his very first game point to take a 21-15 lead.

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And this is now slipping away fast from the Indian's grip. Chen Long has reached game point at 20-15

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Chen Long is now in the driver's seat having gone up 17-14 which he extends to 18-15...just a few points away from taking a first set lead now.

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Jayaram is trying hard after the interval and has closed the gap to 11-13 now. Can he continue the fightback?

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Long has built a three-point gap (11-8) between himself and Jayaram as they head to the lemon break. 

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Jayaram cannot afford to let his illustrious rival run away. If he can keep himself within close distance, he can still make this tougher for the second seed. Jayaram is currently down, 7-9.

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Chen Long, buoyed by the home crowd, is looking confident at the moment. The Chinese is ahead, 8-6

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Great angular drop from Chen Long and Jayaram finds the net to trail 4-5.

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As expected, the Chinese erases the deficit and makes it 4-4

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Jayaram surges ahead, 4-2. It will be interesting to see how long he can keep his nose in front.

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The Indian manages to maintain his lead of 3-2. Early stages, though.

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The match has begun and Jayaram has taken a slender lead of 2-1

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First up is Jayaram against the second seed and Olympic champion Chen Long against whom the Indian has a 0-4 head-to-head record. Suffice to say this will be tough for the Indian but Jayaram can indeed stretch the Chinese and make him earn the victory.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the China Open quarter-finals. Two Indians - Ajay Jayaram and PV Sindhu - have reached the last-eight stage and they have their matches back-to-back.