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New Zealand Open 2018, Men's Singles Semifinal: B Sai Praneeth vs Jonatan Christie, Live Match Updates

The match is scheduled to start after 7 am IST
Updated: 05 May 2018 09:20 IST - Published: 05 May 2018 05:40 IST
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The Indonesian wins the match in 21-14,19-21,8-21!
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The World No. 14 gets the better of World No. 18 Sai Praneeth who played extremely well in the first 2 sets.
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And match point it is as he stands at 20-8
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The Indonesian is dangerously close to match point
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Praneeth wins back service and is trailing behind at 8-17
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Can Praneeth bridge a 10 point gap? 
He lags behind at 6-16!
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Praneeth trails behind at 5-13
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The tables have turned quite suddenly for the Indian
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The Indonesian leads at 11-4
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Praneeth makes a comeback and is trailing behind the Indonesian at 8-4!
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The World No. 14 storms off to a 6-1 lead
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The Indonesian starts off well. It's 1-0 in his favour.
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We are headed to the third and deciding set!
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Praneeth misses out on the set as the Indonesia gets the better of him and wins the second set in 21-19
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Praneeth needs to buck up NOW!
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The Indonesian is on game point suddenly!
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Can Praneeth ward the Indonesian away and claim this set and the match?
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Praneeth makes it to 19 all!!
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The Indonesian assumes a 19-18 lead again
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Praneeth takes the pressure well and equals it at 18 all!
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The match just got a little intense with the World No. 14 taking a 18-17 lead
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The duo are tied at 17 all and are at loggerheads with each other!
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The Indian calls the shots at a 17-15 lead!
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Praneeth manages to stay ahead of the Indonesian at 15-14!
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Praneeth scoots off to a 14-12 lead over the Indonesian!
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Praneeth makes up deftly and they are neck-to-neck at 12 all!
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The Indonesian sails past Praneeth for the first time in the match as he takes a 11-10 lead
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The Indonesian tries some damage control as he lags behind Praneeth who leads at 10-7!
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Praneeth shows no signs of being stopped as he races to a 9-3 lead!
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The World No. 18 Praneeth settles down to a comfortable 7-2 lead!
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Praneeth dominates from the start and takes a 3-1 lead!
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We'll begin with the 2nd set now!
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The Indian seals the first set in 21-14 and steps closer to the finals!
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Praneeth stands on game point at 20-14!!
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Praneeth calls all the shots right as he stays in cruise control at 18-13!
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The World No. 14 from Indonesia stays behind as the Indian leads the way with 16-12!
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Praneeth maintains his lead and races ahead at 15-8!
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And in no time, the ace Indian shuttler scoots off to a 11-4 lead against the Indonesian World No. 14!
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Sai Praneeth fires on and leads the way with 8-4!
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The Indonesian is on hot pursuit and lags behind Praneeth who leads at 5-4
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The Indian retains his calm and sails off to a 5-3 lead!
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Praneeth trails ahead of the World No. 14 at 4-2!
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Sai Praneeth gets off to a 2-1 lead over the Indonesian!
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And we are finally underway with the match!
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We are about to begin the live coverage of the semi finals now!
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In the quarters, Sai Praneeth eased past Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka 21-7, 21-9 in just 28 minutes to qualify for the semis!
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The match will be getting underway soon!
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Good Morning everyone! World No. 18 Sai Praneeth will be going up against World No. 14 Jonatan Christie in the semi finals of the New Zealand Open today!
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Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the New Zealand Open.  Today, World No. 18 B Sai Praneeth will take on Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in the semifinal of men's singles. 
 
Earlier, Sai Praneeth  had sailed through the first round, beating Israel’s Misha Zilberman 21-11, 21-19. Then, he needed just 46 minutes to see off World No. 42 Daren Liew 21-18, 21-17 in the pre-quarters. In the quarters, he took even lesser time as he eased past Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka 21-7, 21-9 in just 28 minutes!
 
The Indian fifth seed today takes on World No. 14 Christie and it will be a stiffer challenge. The Indonesian has proven to be a tricky customer in the past. It promises to be an exciting contest. Stay tuned.