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

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedMay 05, 2018 09:20 IST

The match is scheduled to start after 7 am IST


09:20 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian wins the match in 21-14,19-21,8-21!

09:19 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The World No. 14 gets the better of World No. 18 Sai Praneeth who played extremely well in the first 2 sets.

09:18 (IST)5 MAY 2018

And match point it is as he stands at 20-8

09:18 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian is dangerously close to match point

09:17 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth wins back service and is trailing behind at 8-17

09:15 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Can Praneeth bridge a 10 point gap? 
He lags behind at 6-16!

09:14 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth trails behind at 5-13

09:11 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The tables have turned quite suddenly for the Indian

09:11 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian leads at 11-4

09:10 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth makes a comeback and is trailing behind the Indonesian at 8-4!

09:07 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The World No. 14 storms off to a 6-1 lead

09:04 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian starts off well. It's 1-0 in his favour.

09:01 (IST)5 MAY 2018

We are headed to the third and deciding set!

09:01 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth misses out on the set as the Indonesia gets the better of him and wins the second set in 21-19

09:00 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth needs to buck up NOW!

09:00 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian is on game point suddenly!

08:59 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Can Praneeth ward the Indonesian away and claim this set and the match?

08:59 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth makes it to 19 all!!

08:58 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian assumes a 19-18 lead again

08:58 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth takes the pressure well and equals it at 18 all!

08:58 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The match just got a little intense with the World No. 14 taking a 18-17 lead

08:57 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The duo are tied at 17 all and are at loggerheads with each other!

08:55 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indian calls the shots at a 17-15 lead!

08:54 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth manages to stay ahead of the Indonesian at 15-14!

08:52 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth scoots off to a 14-12 lead over the Indonesian!

08:50 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth makes up deftly and they are neck-to-neck at 12 all!

08:49 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian sails past Praneeth for the first time in the match as he takes a 11-10 lead

08:46 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian tries some damage control as he lags behind Praneeth who leads at 10-7!

08:43 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth shows no signs of being stopped as he races to a 9-3 lead!

08:41 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The World No. 18 Praneeth settles down to a comfortable 7-2 lead!

08:38 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth dominates from the start and takes a 3-1 lead!

08:36 (IST)5 MAY 2018

We'll begin with the 2nd set now!

08:34 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indian seals the first set in 21-14 and steps closer to the finals!

08:33 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth stands on game point at 20-14!!

08:32 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth calls all the shots right as he stays in cruise control at 18-13!

08:30 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The World No. 14 from Indonesia stays behind as the Indian leads the way with 16-12!

08:27 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth maintains his lead and races ahead at 15-8!

08:24 (IST)5 MAY 2018

And in no time, the ace Indian shuttler scoots off to a 11-4 lead against the Indonesian World No. 14!

08:22 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Sai Praneeth fires on and leads the way with 8-4!

08:20 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indonesian is on hot pursuit and lags behind Praneeth who leads at 5-4

08:18 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The Indian retains his calm and sails off to a 5-3 lead!

08:16 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Praneeth trails ahead of the World No. 14 at 4-2!

08:15 (IST)5 MAY 2018

Sai Praneeth gets off to a 2-1 lead over the Indonesian!

08:15 (IST)5 MAY 2018

And we are finally underway with the match!

08:06 (IST)5 MAY 2018

We are about to begin the live coverage of the semi finals now!

07:41 (IST)5 MAY 2018

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!

07:40 (IST)5 MAY 2018

The match will be getting underway soon!

07:05 (IST)5 MAY 2018

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!

05:44 (IST)5 MAY 2018

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.
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