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PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun 2016 China Open Badminton Semi-finals Live Updates Online

Updated: 19 November 2016 16:37 IST - Published: 19 November 2016 14:20 IST
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This is Sindhu's first final since the Rio Olympics!!!!

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FINAL SCORE: PV Sindhu wins 11-21, 23-21, 21-19 and advances to the final.

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Sindhu gets two match points at 20-18 of which the Korean saves one. But the Indian comes up with a blazing smash that lands just on the line as Hawk-eye confirms it later! Sindhu wins the game 21-19.

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After giving back the lead, the Indian storms back with a wonderful smash to inch ahead 19-18

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Sindhu has opened up a two-point cushion with an 18-16 lead.

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But errors and some determined play from the Korean puts her back into this. She has made it 15-15 and the game continues in the same fashion for 16-16

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A brilliant Sindhu extends the lead to 15-13

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It is Sung now who is looking clearly fatigued and thus concedes a 14-13 advantage to Sindhu.

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After miscuing a shot, Sindhu makes up for it with a fabulous high drop and makes it 11-12 and then  even levels the game 12-12

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It's an extremely tight and gritty affair now. Both are varying their shots well enough to trouble the other. An energy-sapping rally ends with both players crouching to catch their breath. Sung goes into the interval with a slim 11-10 lead.

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And she seems to have finally understood it as she now has made it all even at 9-9

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Sindhu has not been able to keep the momentum going for long and that is what has emboldened the experienced Korean. The Indian MUST make an effort to check her errors like she did in the latter stages of the second game where she saved three match points for the astonishing comeback.

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The Indian is trying to stage a fightback here and has closed the gap to 5-7

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Sindhu needs to be careful not to let the Korean run away and build a huge lead. Currently, Sung leads 7-3

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Sung now trying to assert herself as she inches ahead 4-2.

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GAME 3
Tight competition in the early stages of the decider and they locked at 2-2

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WHAT A COMEBACK!!!!

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Sindhu makes the comeback complete by taking the second game 23-21

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As Madhumita Bisht hollers, ''Patience, patience'' Sindhu takes a game point for 21-20 but the Korean's smart net-play erases it for 21-21

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With a clever mix of great lifts and superb touches at the net, the Indian IS BACK 20-20

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And she has taken another point for 19-20

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A long rally that ends with a clever high drop-shot from Sindhu's racquet - 18-20

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Sung has reached match point opportunity at 20-17 now. 

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Sung has now inched ahead to 18-16. Time is running out for the Indian. Can she still make a comeback?

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Once more, the lead keeps on swinging both ways. Currently, they are locked at 15-15.

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It is a tight battle now as none wants to give the other an inch of space. Sindhu trailing marginally, 12-13 before she manages to even it 13-13.

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Sung now stops the Sindhu charge to take a slender lead of 12-11.

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And she has levelled the score -11-11

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On resumption, the Indian has taken three points in a row to be within one-point gap (10-11).

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After 6-6, Sindhu has not been able to keep her errors in check. The Korean races away to take an 11-7 lead at half-time.

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The lead keeps on switching hands and Sindhu has not been able to make it a flawless display. Her errors are always letting the Korean come back. Currently, Sung is ahead, 6-5

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Sindhu grabbed a couple of points to inch ahead 3-2 but missed her smash and they are back to 3-3

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Game 2

The second game has started and the rallies are already exhausting. Sung's strategy is to tire out the Indian and make her concede errors. Sung is currently 2-1 ahead after the Indian was 1-0 up.

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Sindhu needs to keep on attacking the backhand far more and keep her errors at bay if she wants to have any chance of making a turnaround.

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But the Korean stalls the mini Sindhu momentum soon enough to wrap up the first game 21-11. This is very, very impressive from the Korean sixth seed. 

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Finally Sindhu is starting to think and trying to attack the Korean's backhand. And it is working a bit as the Indian has taken two points.

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Currently, Sung is completely in the driver's seat and hitting winners at will. Sindhu needs to come up with some variation to throw the confident Korean off her rhythm. Sindhu is now 7-16 down.

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As Sindhu's errors keep mounting, the Korean is ahead 11-6 at the mid-game interval.

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The Korean too is determined not to let her advantage go and has extended her lead to 9-5

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With some great net play, the Indian has closed the gap to 5-7

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Sung is looking sharp right now and has built a three-point gap (6-3) over the Indian.

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Sindhu is finally starting to fight back and is now 2-5 down.

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The Korean is off to a blazing start and is 4-1 ahead.

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The match is about to start.

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We have to wait for some more time for this match as the preceding match is currently going on.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the China Open semi-finals. Seventh seed PV Sindhu is aiming to reach her first final since the Rio Olympics where she ended up winning the silver medal. Except for the second round where she was involved in a roller-coaster, the 21-year-old Indian has looked pretty confident in all her other matches at this Superseries Premier tournament. 

The sixth seeded Sung Ji Hyun, however, presents a different challenge. She is currently ranked four places higher than the Indian at the seventh position. Sindhu does have a 5-3 winning head-to-head record over the Korean and is 2-1 in their meetings this year. One thing is certain - the youngster cannot afford to make too many unforced errors in this contest.