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World Badminton Championships 2018, Men's Singles, Quarterfinal: Sai Praneeth vs Kento Momota, Live Match Updates

Momota def Praneeth 21-12, 21-12 to enter semi-finals
Updated: 03 August 2018 20:16 IST - Published: 03 August 2018 16:34 IST
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Momota was brilliant. Sai tried hard but was left with no option.

That's the end of Sai's campaign.
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Momota converts his first match point!

Momota def Praneeth 21-12, 21-12
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Smash and match points galore!
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19-12 after a tight spinning net shot
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And now it is 18-12 for Momota
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Momota sends a lob with pitch perfect placement.

16-12   
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Sai rushed to the net to finish the point but got blocked by the net.

Momota up 15-11
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A little spark from the Indian here.

He gets a couple of points and trails 10-14
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Momota knows how to efficiently alternate between power and soft touch.

Sai is having trouble reading his shots.

Momota up 13-8
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So much elevation and power into his shots right now!
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Momota has regained complete control of the game right after that. At the interval, it is 11-7 to Momota
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And Sai has levelled after giving up the initial lead.

6-6
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A lot more aggression and pace from the Indian here. That has helped him to be on the heels of Momota at 5-6.
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And the Japanese has surged into the lead, as expected.

It's 5-3 to Momota after four consecutive points.
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Can he really stage a comeback here?
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Jump smash by Sai and he goes up to 3-1
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Sai makes a positive start to the second game and leads 2-0
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First game to Momota at 21-12
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Momota rebounds and gets game points galore.

20-12
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A couple more errors again from Momota.

Sai is now 11-19
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Momota hits a rare error as the shuttle goes long.19-9
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Momota's anticipation skills are underrated. Those help him to be everywhere on the court and tackle his opponent.
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This is complete demolition job being executed to perfection by the Japanese!

19-7
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Just look how he manages to scramble on the court and regain his balance, and yet to manages to come up with a winning shot!

Momota up 17-6
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