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Srikanth Kidambi vs Lakshya Sen, Live Badminton Score and Updates, Senior National Badminton Championships 2017 Semi-finals

Srikanth def Sen, 21-16, 21-18 to enter the final
Updated: 07 November 2017 17:21 IST - Published: 07 November 2017 16:32 IST
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It's Srikanth vs Prannoy in the final. Repeat of the thrilling French Open semi-final they played recently.

What a match that would be!
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Final score: Srikanth def Sen, 21-16, 21-18 to enter the final.
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And Srikanth takes it!

21-18
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Big smash by Srikanth and he reaches match points.

20-18
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An error from Srikanth allows Sen to come back to 18-19
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Sen attempts a smash but the shuttle lands on the net.

He trails 16-19
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Srikanth seems to have weathered the storm.

18-15
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Sen dives on the court but can't stop Srikanth from going up to 17-15
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And once more, it is all level at 15-15
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It is now evenly poised at 14-14
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After winning six points in a row, Sen finally concedes a point.
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He even snatches the lead and goes up to 14-12
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And Sen does indeed come back to level at 12-12
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And he gets yet another to make it 11-12
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The fire has been reignited in Sen and he gets 3 points on the trot through beautiful winners.

10-12
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It's 12-7 now for the top seed
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Srikanth adds 3 more points to lead 11-5 at the break.
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Now Srikanth misses the sideline.

8-5
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What a superb crosscourt smash by Sen!

4-6
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Sen looks a bit clueless now.

6-2 to the top seed
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Srikanth goes for a jump smash and leads 5-2
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The World No. 2 goes up to 3-1 amidst cheers of 'Srikanth, Srikanth'.
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SECOND GAME

Srikanth opens up a 2-0 lead.
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Srikanth bags the opener, 21-16
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Big smash from the teen and he trails 16-20
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Lakshya saves one.

15-20
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Sen trying out some variety but Srikanth has been able to get the better of everything.

20-14
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It is 18-14 to the World No. 2 currently
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Now Sen finds an opening. Big smash and now he trails 13-16
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Sen continues to defend well but Srikanth manages to inch ahead to 16-12
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Sen's returns are fantastic even though he is not able to put the shuttle within the court all the time. Bodes well for the future.
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Srikanth has now built a three-point lead.

13-10
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Srikanth has his nose in front at the break.

11-10
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Thanks to a netcord, Sen is ahead 10-9
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It is very competitive right now...9-9
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Now it is 8-7 for Kidambi
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Now the teen inches ahead to 7-6
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Wow! What an attack from Sen!

Draws level at 6-6
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A couple of errors from Srikanth.

5-5
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It's 5-3 for the top seed
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Srikanth is using his jump smashes a lot from early on in this match.
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Body smash from Srikanth for a 4-2 lead
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Srikanth misses an angular smash.

2-2
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The top seed goes up to 2-1
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It's 1-1
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What a match we have!
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Welcome to the liveblog. The match is about to start now.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the 2017 Senior National Badminton Championships semi-finals. 

What a match this is! Top seed Srikanth Kidambi takes on 2016 runner-up Lakshya Sen for a place in the summit clash. It is the battle between the very best of two generations. Sen is very much primed to be the successor to the India No. 1 Srikanth. 

He has shown enough potential for that. He has been the junior World No. 1 and already has two international titles at the senior level. He made it to the final last year and this year, he had a lead over the fourth seeded Ajay Jayaram in the quarter-finals when the latter called it quits due to discomfort in the heel.

Sen has all the tools to make it big on the circuit which makes this match so exciting. 

Srikanth has been on a roll on the BWF Tour, winning Superseries titles like it is child's play. He has come to this tournament on the back of twin title triumphs at the Denmark Open and the French Open. 

Tiredness, though, could be a factor that might make this a very competitive match. Srikanth did have trouble in his quarter-final match against Shubham Prajapati, who even held a couple of game points before the World No. 2 slammed shut the match in straight games. It remains to be seen if Lakshya too can similarly stretch Srikanth.
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