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Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017, Group Stage: PV Sindhu vs Sayaka Sato, Live Badminton Score and Updates

Sindhu def Sato, 21-13, 21-12
Updated: 14 December 2017 21:44 IST - Published: 14 December 2017 20:54 IST
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And with that, our live coverage of the Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017 ends today. Thanks for staying with us.

Do join us tomorrow for the live updates of the last group matches of both Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi.

Till then, keep following Sportskeeda for all the latest updates from the world of sports.

Goodbye!
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Sindhu does it in commanding style! She hardly had any challenge today!

Just pure and ruthless domination it was!

Her last match against Akane Yamaguchi will decide who will top the group.
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With two consecutive wins, Sindhu books her place in the semi-finals of the Dubai World Superseries Finals for the second year in a row!
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Final score: Sindhu def Sato, 21-13, 21-12
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This time, Sindhu gets the all-important point to bag the win!
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Sato has saved a total of four match points!


12-20
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She now trails 11-20

Too late for a fightback, though!
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And yet another one!

Trails 10-20
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Sato saves one match point.

9-20
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12 MATCH POINTS FOR SINDHU

20-8
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19-7

Just two more points needed to close this out!
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The Indian takes FOUR points in a flash to motor her way to 18-7.

Absolutely irrepressible!
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Sindhu is pretty much unstoppable and there is not much that Sato can do to disrupt her rhythm.

She is up 14-7
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At half-time, the Indian has grabbed an 11-6 lead
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It's 10-6 to the World No. 3 currently
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Amidst chants of 'Let's go Sindhu, let's go', the Indian has soared to 9-5
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Sato continues to spray errors that have now sent the Indian up to 7-4
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The left-handed Japanese trying her best to fight back here but Sindhu still ahead, 5-3
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The Indian has been able to hold on to her advantage so far.

4-2
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And she makes it 3-1.

Looking pretty comfortable at the moment!
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It's 2-1 to Sindhu
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SECOND GAME

1-1
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Sindhu bags the first game, 21-13
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It's 19-11 to Sindhu as she looks to close out this game
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And she extends it further with some fiery display of aggression.

17-11
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The Indian is still maintaining her FOUR-POINT lead.

15-11
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It's 14-10 to the World Championships silver medallist now.
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Sindhu very much has the upper hand at the moment.

Leads 13-9
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At the mid-game interval, Sindhu has a lead of 11-8
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It's 10-8 for the Indian currently
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The points are getting longer and Sato has found her rhythm for the time being.

Trails Sindhu, 7-9
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But Sato is not backing off....she takes 2 points on the trot to reduce the gap to 6-9
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Sindhu is oozing confidence right....goes up to 9-4
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Sindhu has a 3-point lead over the Japanese now.

7-4
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Sindhu jumps to a 2-point lead over the Japanese

5-3
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And Sindhu levels it at 3-3
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It's 3-1 to Sato
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The Japanese leads 2-1
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The first point goes to Sayaka Sato
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Good evening! We are under way!
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Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the Dubai World Superseries Finals 2017. PV Sindhu is now India's only hope after Srikanth Kidambi's hopes ended earlier in the day with his second consecutive loss at this event.

Sindhu will be aiming for her second win in a row after starting her campaign with a thrilling three-game victory over He Bingjiao of China. While Sindhu is ranked third, the 15th ranked Japanese Sayaka Sato is the lowest ranked player at this event this year.

Sindhu leads their head-to-head meetings, 2-1 and their last meeting happened at the China Open first round this year. Even though it is the Indian, who should have the edge because of their head-to-head record, she has to remember that the Japanese always has close matches with her. Two out of their three meetings went the distance.

Sindhu did begin her World Superseries Finals challenge this year with a win but she had to work hard for that. She wasn't exactly at her best for the whole match but did manage to lift her game when it mattered the most.

Sindhu would hope to do the same thing today as well.
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