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Malaysia Open 2018, Men's singles, Semifinal: Kidambi Srikanth vs Kento Momota, Live Match Updates

Final Score: 21-13, 21-13 | Momota defeats Kidambi
Updated: 30 June 2018 12:23 IST - Published: 30 June 2018 09:47 IST
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And Momota wins in straight sets! He goes on to the final!

Score: 21-13, 21-13
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Momota is on match point! He leads 20-13!
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Momota leads away to glory at 19-11!
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There is no stopping Momota today! He leads 18-11!
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Srikanth takes 2 points on-trot
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Srikanth is still behind Momota who leads at 16-8
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Momota leads the way at 14-7!
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Srikanth needs to really step up and try harder now! He lags behind Momota at 11-5
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Srikanth fails to get an edge over Momota who sprints off to a 10-4 lead
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Momota is relentless. He leads 7-3!
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Srikanth forces an error out of Momota's racquet and wins back serve
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Momota steals back serve and it's 6-2 in his favour!
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Momota hurls smashes at Srikanth's feet! Leads 5-1!
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Momota doesn't let Srikanth come close as he leads 4-1!
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He is up 2-0 against Srikanth!
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Momota dominates from the beginning!
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We are headed to the 2nd game now!
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Srikanth really needs to pull himself up in the next game.
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Momota easily takes the first game! Score: 21-13!
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Momota steals back serve and it's 19-12!
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Srikanth collects two points on trot!
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Momota is determined and leads 17-10!

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Momota edges past Srikanth and leads at 15-10
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Momota's shot finds the net and Srikanth gets the point!
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Srikanth has a major difference to make up!
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Srikanth lags behind at 9-13
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Momota makes it difficult for Srikanth. 
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Momota comes up to 11 and Srikanth stays behind at 8. 
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Srikanth lags behind at 8-10!
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What amazing rallies are going on! 
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Srikanth is yet to find his groove in this game. Momota eludes him 9-6!
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Momota plays a strong game and leads 8-6! 
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Momota misses to land the smash inside the court and it's 6 ALL!
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A brilliant cross-court smash from Srikanth takes him to 4-5 behind Momota!
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Momota mixes and matches his shots so deftly! Leads 4-3!
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Srikanth smashes and leads 3-2!
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Srikanth's agility speaks for himself! 

It's 2 ALL!
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It's 1 ALL!
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Momota misses the margin by a fraction and Srikanth gets the point and the serve!
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Momota gets the first point of the match
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Kento Momota of Japan will be opening serve against Kidambi Srikanth!
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Good Morning everyone! We are about to begin with the semi final clash between Srikanth and Momota! Stay tuned!
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Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's LIVE coverage of the Malaysia Open 2018 match between Kidambi Srikanth and Kento Momota!
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World. No. 7 Kidambi Srikanth has been handed a relatively easy draw with the likes of Viktor Axelson, Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan and Shi Yuqi all on the other half. He is going up against World No. 11 Kento Momota of Japan in the semis clash!

Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the semi finals after pulling off an easy win against Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the quarters of the USD 700,000 Malaysia Open World Tour super 750 tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. En route to the semis, World No 7 Srikanth, who claimed four titles last season, dumped former World No 2 Jan Jorgensen in the first round followed by an easy 22-20, 21-12 win over Wang Tzu Wei who had ousted Sai Praneeth. Finally, he defeated Brice Leverdez in straight sets too! 

The 4th seeded Srikanth is the obvious favourite for this match. The battle between the two should be a sight to watch as Kento Momota is an unpredictable player and a tough opponent. But from the looks of it, Srikanth should be able to sail into the finals!