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PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi, Live Badminton Score and Updates, French Open Super Series 2017 Semi-finals

Yamaguchi def Sindhu, 21-14, 21-9 to enter the final
Updated: 28 October 2017 20:03 IST - Published: 28 October 2017 19:02 IST
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But all credit to Yamaguchi, who played a brilliant match and never relented.
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Wow! Sindhu was nowhere in the match in that second game....no energy left..no speed....that is just not the Sindhu we know! Could it be an effect of playing at the highest level of the sport for nearly a year? Is she feeling burned out?


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Final score: Yamaguchi def Sindhu, 21-14, 21-9
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Yamaguchi closes it out, 21-9
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And 12 match points for the Japanese at 20-8
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Akane is way up at 19-8 now...within sniffing distance of the finish line now.
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Sindhu gets just one point to reduce the deficit to 7-17
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17-6 for the Japanese

Sindhu is just nowhere in the match!
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But Akane quickly stops that and leads 15-6
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A mini revival it seems as Sindhu bagged four points and made it 6-14
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Time is running out fast for the World No. 2.
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The lead is now of TEN POINTS

Sindhu is behind 4-14
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There's nothing to derail Yamaguchi.....she is a picture of confidence now while it is the exact opposite on the other side of the net....Sindhu keeps on struggling.

2-12 she trails
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Akane has an 11-2 advantage at the mid-game interval.
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Sindhu seems to have no energy left and is so slow on the feet.

2-9
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Sindhu is slowly fading away.....1-7
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After 13 consecutive points by Akane, Sindhu finally gets a point....1-6
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Wow! This is totally one-sided now...Sindhu trails 0-6
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SECOND GAME

Yamaguchi clearly the one who is in control of things now...she has opened up a 3-0 lead
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Yamaguchi closes it out, 21-14
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SIX CONSECUTIVE POINTS FOR YAMAGUCHI
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Yamaguchi looks the one who is more comfortable now...19-14
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Great construction of point from the Japanese.... 18-14
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Akane making her crosscourt shots doing the talk now...
Leads 17-14
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And we are back to level...14-14
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It is still very tight with neither player managing to build a big lead...Akane up 14-13
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2 points to the Japanese now, who goes up to 13-12
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This time Sindhu goes up to 12-11
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11-11
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Akane inches ahead to 11-10 at halftime.
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And Sindhu makes it 10-10
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3 points in a row for Akane....10-9
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Rare error from Sindhu....9-8
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9-7 for Sindhu
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Brilliant Sindhu at the net!

8-7
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It is even once more. 7-7
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Sindhu gets a warning for delaying things
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What a rally! Akane kept on varying the height of the shuttle and drew an error from PV.

6-6
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Sindhu inches ahead to 5-4
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It is a tight contest right now.


3-3
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Both players moving the shuttle to a great height.

Error from Akane.

2-2
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And Akane goes up to 2-0
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It is under way!

First point to Akane
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The players are arriving on court. The match will begin shortly.
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As we wait for the match to begin, read Sportskeeda's preview of this match here.
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Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the 2017 French Open Superseries semi-finals. 

Second seed PV Sindhu faces the fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi in a blockbuster semi-final. While Sindhu is ranked second, Yamaguchi is placed at fifth in the world. Sindhu leads their head-to-head record, 3-1 and won their last three meetings.

After two disappointing campaigns at the Japan Open and the Denmark Open, Sindhu should be eager to prove herself once more in a big event. And so far, the India Open and Korea Open champion has shown enough signs that she is highly determined to lay her hands on the trophy.

The kind of performance she put on against her Denmark Open conqueror, Chen Yufei in the quarter-finals yesterday made one wonder how she lost their Odense showdown. She was accurate and took control of the forecourt early on and never let the Chinese feel comfortable.

She has to repeat that same focus and intensity. A flawless, aggressive display should let her have the upper hand in this match.

There's also a chance that the young Japanese might be slightly tired having reached the Denmark Open final last week. Sindhu needs to take advantage of that.
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