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2019 India Open Badminton Live: Day 4

2019 India Open Badminton Live: Day 4
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Santhosh

Published: 29 March 2019 7:37 AM GMT
Welcome to The Bridge's live coverage of Day 4 where top Indian shuttlers battle for a place in the semifinal of Yonex Sunrise India Open: PUSARLA V. Sindhu (IND) defeats Mia BLICHFELDT (DEN) by a score of 21-19; 22-20 Viktor AXELSEN (DEN) defeats PRANNOY H. S. (IND) by a score of 21-10; 21-16 ATTRI Manu / REDDY B. Sumeeth (IND) defeats Pranaav Jerry CHOPRA / Shivam SHARMA (IND) by a score of 21-10; 21-12  
FINAL SCORE : Kashyap(IND) defeats Wang Tzu Wei(TWN) by a score of 21-23; 21-11; 21-11 And that's a wrap. Kashyap confidently finishes the game with a scoreline of 21-11 and is through to the semi finals. Must be a huge moral booster for Kashyap who has been out of the circuit for a while & hasn't been in the semi finals of any major tournaments. String of poor shot selections from Wang and some mature play from Kashyap helps him within reaching distance of moving to the semis. Leads 19-11. The net play is back on the menu as the two battle it out by playing drops and Kashyap takes the front foot and taps in short smash of the net drop to take a 5 point lead in the game. Kashyap leads 15-10. A lucky point going into the break as Wang's defensive return falls just wide, but Kashyap won't mind it as he goes into the break 11-9. Excellent defense from Kashyap for the smash & Wang hits the return wide and he immediately goes for challenge, but loses it second time running in the game. Kashyap leads 8-7. Wang comes back strong and bridges the gap 7-7. Strong start to the 2nd set from Kashyap as he opens a 3 point lead. Leads the second set 6-3. And there is the winner. Sends one down the sideline and takes the first set 21-16. Excellent run of play from Kashyap as he sends a diagonal return ball from his front hand which catches wang off guard and then proceeds with the next point where he forces wang into a backhand and then waits patiently in the net for a return & neatly finishes it. Has 4 match points to take the set. Leads 20-16. It's a game of net play so far from both the players and it all narrows down who can make less mistakes in the net as the game remains tight. Kashyap leads 17-16 Wang is having some excellent control in the net has he has taken continues points of a drop shot. He bridges the gap by 2 points. Kashyap still leads 15-14 Kashyap smashes and makes a bad contact, but the ball luckily falls other side of the tip of the net. Kashyap apologizes, but will gladly take the point. Kashyap leads 15-12 Wang appeals for a challenge on a drop shot that went out. He is unsuccessful with it and loses the point. Kashyap leads 13-11. Been a slow start to the game thus far. Kashyap plays a casual disguise shot in place of finishing a loose ball as that costs him the point eventually. Still leads 5-3 in the 1st set. Over in Court no 1 local lad 
Kashyap
takes on Wang tzu Wei.
FINAL SCORE : Srikanth (IND) defeats Sai Praneeth (IND) by a score of 21-23; 21-11; 21-19 Andddd the comeback is complete. Srikanth wins the set 21-19 and is through to the semi finals. It's been a memorable comeback win for Srikanth. Srikanth has had it enough and puts the top gear and takes 4 points at a stretch and pockets 4 match points. As is the case throughout this match, Srikanth again comes back from behind and remains within reach. Score is tied at 16-16. For the 3rd set running first half of the set goes toe to toe, but Sai praneeth leads 11-8 going into the break. And there it is the winner. Srikanth puts in a strong performance in the second and takes the second set 21-11. Srikanth takes no prisoners post break & gives no chance for Sai to have a sniff. He races to a 9 point lead & has 9 match points. Close game in the second so far but Kidambi leads 11-9 as he goes into the break. Sai praneeth prevails in the clutch time as he takes the 1st set with a score of 23-21. Srikanth roares back into contention and forces a deuce as the scores are tied 20-20 Sai praneeth opens a 4 point lead as he races to 19-15 in the first set and edges close to taking the 1st set. Neck break start to the game as the score is tied at 5-5 in the 1st set. Over in Court no 3 local lads 
Srikanth 
and Sai Praneeth battle it out for a place in semi finals.
FINAL SCORE : Greysia Polli / Apriyani Rahayu (INA) defeat Ashwini Ponnappa / Siki Reddy (IND) Poor performance from the Indians when put under pressure, they were leading 10-4 at a point & then let the top seeds into the game. The top seeds complete the set and match as they are through to the semi finals. Good play from the top seeds as they pick 2 points in a row and earn 2 match points. Nervous moments for the Indian pair, as Ashwini smashes into her own net. They trail 17-18. Sikki is losing her composure as Gopi tells her to remain calm and think better. But she ends up doing a service fault and gifts a point. They trail 16-17. The top seeds rally back into the game with a series of intelligent plays as they bridge the gap and level the points. 11-11 Strong start in the second half from the Indian pair as they race to a 11- 6 lead going into the break. And that's a wrap for the top seeds.
Greysia Polli
/ Apriyani Rahayu take the 1st set 21-10. Another string of bad line judgement & unforced errors from the Indian pair as the top seeds move into set point. Despite some good moments of play from the Indian pair, the top seeds are too good and race into a 17-8 lead. Couple of unforced errors from Ashwini & she hits it well wide. Ashwini wants a change of shuttle. Loss of momentum has helped the top seeds open up a 7 point lead going into the break in the first set. Score 11-4 Over in Court 1 Women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Siki Reddy battling against No. 1 seed
Greysia Polli
/ Apriyani Rahayu
FINAL SCORE : Kititharakul / Prajongjai (THA) defeat Aparna Balan / Sruthi (IND) by a score of 21-8; 21-11 The top seeds continue from where they left as they wrap the second set 21-11 and advance to quarter finals. The Thailand top seeds are too much in the pot for the Indian pair to handle as they take the first set 21-8. In the first action of the day for Indian women's doubles pair of Aparna Balan / Sruthi are taking on the top seeded Thailand pair Kititharakul / Prajongjai.

Day 4 sees action from a lot of Indian players including top seeds as they battle in the quarter finals to get a place in semi finals of the Indian open.

5 singles players (1 WS + 4 MS) and 4 doubles teams from India qualified to the quarters yesterday & will be battling it out today for a berth in the semifinals of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2019, an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament

The main attraction today is Prannoy HS who takes on Olympic medalist & world number 4 Viktor Axelsen. It will be a tough and stern test for Prannoy who has struggled with shot selections in the past 2 matches and had to work hard to reach the quarter finals, while Viktor has coasted through so far.

Meanwhile in the women's doubles Ashwini Ponnappa 
and Siki Reddy face a very stern test in the form of No. 1 seed Greysia Polli / Apriyani Rahayu. The Indian pair who managed to knock off Chinese pair on the run will be looking to carry that momentum to upset the No.1 seeds. Kashyap faces Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei who managed to knock out Shubankar Dey yesterday. Kashyap who had it quite easy yesterday will be looking forward to take on the Taiwanese brimming with confidence. On the women's singles front, the lone warrior P.V. Sindhu who has blitzed her way through to quarter finals will be taking on a stern test for the first time against lower seeded Mia Blichfeldt from Denmark. In a match up of what Indian badminton fans would have seen regularly in the national scene, Kidambi Srikanth takes on fellow compatriot Sai Praneeth. On the men's doubles front localites top seeded Manu Attri / Sumeeth Reddy take on Pranav Jerry Chopra / Shivam Sharma. On the women's doubles side, Aparna Balan / Sruthi will be taking on top seeded Thailand pair Kititharakul / Prajongjai.
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