PV Sindhu beats Sung Ji Hyun, India Open 2017 Match Highlights: PV Sindhu sets up Carolina Marin rematch from Rio Olympics

PV Sindhu beats Sung Ji Hyun from Korea to set up India Open 2017 final date with Rio 2016 Olympics gold medallist Carolina Marin.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 1, 2017 7:17 pm
PV Sindhu had to work hard for a place in the women’s singles final.

In a hard-fought three-game women’s singles semi-final, PV Sindhu beat Sung Ji Hyun of Korea 21-18, 14-21, 21-14 to seal India Open 2017 final berth. After a comfortable win in the opening game, Sindhu was outplayed in the second but recovered well to return to aggressive ways in the third, and deciding game. She will now take on Rio 2016 Olympics gold medallist Carolina Marin who won the other semi-final earlier today.

PV Sindhu vs Sung Ji Hyun, India Open Super Series Day 4: As it happened in New Delhi

1844 hrs IST: ALL OVER! Sung Ji Hyun’s return crashes into the net and Sindhu is through to the India Open 2017 women’s singles final. She will lock horns with Carolina Marin for the title

1842 hrs IST: Sindhu pockets the intense rally and opens up plenty of match points. This was a top rally by both players but Sindhu won it to put herself a hit away from the final clash

1836 hrs IST: After an indifferent start post the break, Sindhu returns to her own and keeps five-point lead intact over her Korean opponent

1832 hrs IST: Not good for Sindhu so far as she has lost five points, and won only one after the interval

1831 hrs IST: Sung Ji Hyun makes a decent start post the break as she closes the gap with three points on the trot

1827 hrs IST: Seven-point advantage as Sindhu enjoys a banana in the mid-game break. She leads her opponent 11-4 and continues to dominate proceedings in the deciding game

1823 hrs IST: There is no stopping Sindhu in this deciding game. Her father cheers on from the stands as his daughter seals a long rally to open up a five-point lead over her Korean opponent

1821 hrs IST: Four points on the trot and Sindhu starts the deciding third game on the right note. The Indian is away in aggressive fashion

1816 hrs IST: Sung Ji Hyun outplays Sindhu 21-14 in the second game. She was trailing 2-5 at one stage but has looked a different player since then

1812 hrs IST: Sindhu is staying alive in the second game. A couple of points on the trot reduces Ji Hyun’s lead to three points. The Korean 16-13 ahead now

1808 hrs IST: A crucial period in the match underway. It has been neck-to-neck post the break but early lead meant Ji Hyun continues to maintain that healthy lead, 14-8 in favour of the Korean

1802 hrs IST: Sensational comeback by Ji Hyun puts her in a four-point lead now. The Korean continues to run away with points and now leads 11-6 at the break. Sindhu needs something special to narrow the gap and then take lead to avoid the game going into the deciding third

1800 hrs IST: Sindhu fritters away the early lead as Ji Hyun fights back to make it 6-5 in the second game of the women’s singles semi-final

1756 hrs IST: The Korean lobs one up, high in the air, and Sindhu jump-smashes it to open a two-point lead early in the second game. It’s 4-2 in the favour of the Indian now

1754 hrs IST: Ji Hyun gets ready to serve to get the second game under way. Question on everyone’s lip – will we see a repeat of Rio in New Delhi?

1753 hrs IST: Powerful smash on the backhand of Ji Hyun, the Korean tries to return but fails to control. In about 24 minutes, Sindhu takes the opening game

1751 hrs IST: The Korean errs with the little drop shot near the net, and puts Sindhu a point away from sealing the opening game

1742 hrs IST: A 333 kmph smash, then an error by Ji Hyun gives Sindhu two more points. She is inching closer to seal the opening game of the semi-final

1738 hrs IST: Interesting! Sindhu seals a long rally, Ji Hyun goes to the referee to challenge a call but is denied. Her coach not too pleased with the decision and confronts the referee who sticks to his word. The Korean trails 9-11 at the little break

1736 hrs IST: From trailing by three points, Sindhu has roared back to dominating ways and is now leading her opponent 10-7. Top stuff by the Indian shutler

1734 hrs IST: Sindhu seals the short, but intense, rally with a sharp smash. She looks in complete control when she’s right behind the shuttle

1733 hrs IST: Ji Hyun is using her angles well in the middle. She continues to lead the Indian, 7-5 in the first game

1731 hrs IST: Sindhu errs with the backhand return, the shot goes wide and the Indian now concedes a three-point lead early in the opening game of the semis contest

1730 hrs IST: It’s locked at 3-3 in the first game. Even stevens as of now but still early days in the contest

1728 hrs IST: Sindhu judges one accurately and waits for Ji Hyun’s return to cross the base line. First point in the first game goes to the Indian

1726 hrs IST: The two players warm-up before the start exchanging points in front of a capacity crowd in the capital

1720 hrs IST: Right then, we are moments away from the start of Sindhu vs Ji Hyun. Will we a repeat of the Rio 2016 Olympics in the India Open final? It’s something crowd is already hoping for. Out comes Sindhu, the local girl, to a loud cheer

1708 hrs IST: In the other women’s single semi-final, Carolina Marin beat Akani Yamaguchi to book a place in the final. The top seed will now take on the winner of Sindhu vs Ji Hyun

1654 hrs IST: The big game is some time away now. Sindhu would look to extend her run and a book a place in the final of the 2017 edition of the Indian Open

1645 hrs IST: RESULTS SO FAR FROM DAY 4:

Women’s Doubles: Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto def. Kyung Eun Jung/Seung Chan Shin 21-16, 19-21, 24-22

Naoko Fukuman/Kurumi Yonao def. Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota 21-16, 21-13

Men’s Singles: Tien Chen Chou def. Anders Antonsen 21-17, 21-14

Viktor Axelsen def. NG Ka Long Angus 21-12, 21-13

Men’s Doubles: Ricky Karandasuwardi/Angga Pratama def. Junhui Ji/Yuchen Liu 21-16, 13-21, 21-16

Mixed Doubles: Siwei Zheng/Qingchen Chen def. Peng Soon Chan/Liu Ying Goh – walkover

1637 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to Day 4 and semi-final day of the India Open Super Series from the capital. PV Sindhu is looking to once again get the better of South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and try and book her place in the final of the women’s singles draw. The other semi-final features Carolina Marin against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.

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