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PV Sindhu loses to South Korea’s Hyun in World Super Series Finals semis: Match highlights, as it happened

After losing the opening game, PV Sindhu forced a decider with a win in the second but was not able to match her South Korean opponent Hyun in the deciding game.

By: Express Web Desk |
December 17, 2016 8:10:36 pm
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PV Sindhu loses to South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in the BWF World Super Series Finals semi-final in Dubai on Saturday. After losing the first game 15-21, Sindhu staged a fightback to seal the second 21-18 but wasn’t able to match her opponent in the deciding third game, which she lost 15-21. Sindhu had earlier defeated Ji Hyun 11-21, 23-21, 21-19 in 84 minutes to enter the China Open final in November but was unable to beat her opponent on Saturday. Earlier in the tournament, Sindhu managed to take her revenge of the heart-breaking loss at the Rio Olympics to two-time World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain with a thrilling straight-sets victory in do-or-die women’s singles Group B contest.

PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun: Match highlights, as it happened

2100 hrs IST: All over for the Indian as she loses 15-21, 21-18, 15-21 to South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun in the World Super Series Finals semis

2058 hrs IST: Hyun holds her own, and the South Korean is now just two points away from sealing the match and securing a berth in the final

2055 hrs IST: Sindhu is up for a fight as she continues to win points. Hyun’s lead is now down to four points and Sindhu should look to reduce it now or it will get too late for the Indian

2052 hrs IST: Hyun continues to defend her lead over Sindhu. The South Korean inches closer to the win over Rio 2016 Olympics silver-medallist

2049 hrs IST: Sindhu will chase Hyun in the second half of the third game. Five points behind, the Indian needs to be on top of her game to reduce the lead

2046 hrs IST: Hyun’s managing to do everything – return the smashes, find the drops and fire in the winners. Continues to lead in the third game – 9-5 ahead now

2045 hrs IST: Hyun is dictating terms in the third and deciding game. She races to a four-point lead and is dominating Sindhu at the moment. Pressure on the Indian now

2043 hrs IST: Sindhu’s drop from near the net is wide, and that’s another point for Hyun who now leads her Indian opponent 6-3 in the third game

2042 hrs IST: After conceding four consecutive points, Sindhu opens the scoring as Hyun’s return crashes into the net

2040 hrs IST: Three points on the trot, and Hyun opens up a decent lead early in the deciding game against Sindhu

2038 hrs IST: The two shuttlers all in readiness for the final, and deciding game, of the BWF World Super Series Finals

2036 hrs IST: Sindhu fires another smash to pocket the second game 21-18. It was a very close game and the Indian took the lead when it mattered. The match now goes into what promises to be a mouth-watering deciding third game

2031 hrs IST: Sindhu with aggressive play near the net, and she seals the point with a powerful smash. Leads 18-17 in the second game

2029 hrs IST: Sindhu hits one long after being undone by a Hyun smash. The South Korean levels the scoring. 15-15 now

2027 hrs IST: Hyun’s shot is long, challenge unsuccessful. Sindhu opens up a two-point lead towards the business end of the game

2026 hrs IST: Sindhu with a clinical finish and she’s back int he lead – 14-13 in the second game

2024 hrs IST: Sindhu and Hyun yet to take a sizeable lead in the second game. It has been a cat and mouse game between the two so far

2022 hrs IST: Sindhu heads into the game-break trailing Hyun 9-10. The Indian would hope to turn it her way in the second, and crucial, half of the second game

2020 hrs IST: Very little separates the two at the moment. They are locked at 9-9 and are fighting hard for every point on offer. Sindhu is mixing it well but Hyun is stretching the Indian with accurate drops and smashes

2014 hrs IST: Both Sindhu and Hyun match each other shot by shot in the second game. This game is expected to be a closely-fought affair. Chants of “India jeetega” get louder as Sindhu takes a one-point lead over her opponent

2012 hrs IST: From two points down, Sindhu wins three on the trot to take an early lead in the second game of the semi-final against Hyun

2010 hrs IST: Work to do for Sindhu as she now will eye survival in the second game. Confidence and momentum on Hyun’s side heading into the second game

2008 hrs IST: PV Sindhu loses the first game of the semi-final against South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. After a neck-to-neck contest for about first half of the game, Hyun opened up a decent lead and sealed the contest 21-15

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