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India Open 2018, Semi-final: PV Sindhu vs Ratchanok Intanon, Live Match Updates

Sindhu wins 21-13, 21-15 to reach the final.
Updated: 03 February 2018 23:01 IST - Published: 03 February 2018 19:03 IST
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And that wraps up our live coverage. Thanks for staying with us.

Do join us tomorrow for the live updates from PV Sindhu's final.

Goodnight!
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That was a very good performance by the India No. 1. She thoroughly dismantled Intanon, who won the Malaysia Masters two weeks back. Even when things were getting close, Sindhu used her intelligence to move ahead.

That will give her a lot of confidence as she aims to win her first title of the year tomorrow.
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This was Sindhu's NINTH WIN ON THE TROT AT THIS TOURNAMENT!!!!!
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SINDHU IS THROUGH TO THE FINAL.

She will look to defend her title tomorrow against the World No. 11 Beiwen Zhang. The latter upset Saina Nehwal in the quarter-finals on Friday.
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SINDHU CONVERTS ON HER VERY NEXT MATCH POINT TO GET THE WIN

21-13, 21-15
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Intanon saves one.

15-20
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SIX MATCH POINTS FOR THE INDIAN

20-14
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And she is moving closer to the finish line!

18-14
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Amazing smartness from the Indian!

After a flurry of power-packed shots, she simply took the pace off the shuttle to surprise the Thai with a drop.

17-14
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But Sindhu has managed to stave off the late surge from Ratchanok and progress to 16-13
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Sindhu still in the lead by just one point.

14-13
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And she did indeed send it wide!

Point to Intanon and she trails 11-13
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Sindhu asks for a challenge after seemingly sending the shuttle just wide.
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Things are getting close here, once again
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It's 12-10 to the top seed
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Sindhu reaches the net to get one point which has Ratchanok lying on the floor
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A touch of brilliance from the Thai!

She surprises the tall Sindhu with a low crosscourt shot to sneak one point.

8-11
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Intanon attempted to go down the line but gets blocked by the net.

Sindhu up 11-7 going into the mid-game interval.
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Another half smash by Sindhu to confuse the Thai.

Sindhu up 10-7
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And steadily, Sindhu has separated herself from her feisty opponent.

9-6
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WHAT A POINT!

Sindhu had to smash thrice to take the point away from Ratchanok!

8-6 she leads
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Sindhu has the lead, albeit barely.

7-6
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But the game is still pretty close.

5-5
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Intanon can't return Sindhu's powerful smash and she sends the Indian up to 5-4
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Another crosscourt smash out of the many that Sindhu has rained down on the Thai tonight!

4-3
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It's 3-3 currently
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Sindhu simply prematurely ends a rally with a HUGE smash. The look on the Thai's face says it all!

Sindhu up 3-2
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And we are all level very quickly.

2-2
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Can the World No. 3 produce some fight in the second game? Sindhu cannot afford to be complacent for she has a losing head-to-head record against the Thai.
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Sindhu starts the second game exactly in the same fashion she ended the first.

2-0
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As Intanon makes another mistake at the net, the first game goes to PV Sindhu

21-13
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EIGHT GAME POINTS FOR THE INDIAN

20-12
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A big smash into the deep corner by Sindhu and she is up 18-11
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It's 17-11 in favour of the Indian.
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WHAT A POINT!

Sindhu made Ratchanok run to the net and then to the backcourt and again to the net before Ratchanok fumbled at the net.

Sindhu up 16-9
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What a point into the corner by Sindhu!

The Thai was stunned!

15-8 for the top seed
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After four points in the Thai's favour, Sindhu ends her run with a half smash.

14-7
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Two more points for the Thai as Sindhu makes a couple of mistakes.

6-13
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Ratchanok disrupts Sindhu's rhythm with a delicate drop.

Trails 4-13
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Sindhu is making the Thai move all over the court and is drawing errors from her racquet frequently.

Sindhu leads 13-3
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Currently, the shuttle is under Sindhu's beck and call.

She is finding every part of the court.


With a fine lob, she goes up to 11-3 at the break.
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The crowd can't have enough of it.
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Some fine play by Sindhu at the net and she is up 9-3
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Once again Sindhu finds a sharp crosscourt smash

Up 6-3
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And the Thai is having trouble with the high clears.

3-5
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Ratchanok misses a down-the-line smash.

3-4
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And we are all level here.

3-3
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A sharp crosscourt smash by Sindhu!

2-3
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This time she herself goes long.

1-3
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Much better clears from Sindhu and she forces the Thai to go long.

Sindhu 1-2