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Japan Open 2019 quarter-finals Highlights: Praneeth advances, Sindhu and Rankireddy-Shetty crash out

Japan Open Badminton 2019 Quarter Finals, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi Badminton Highlights: PV Sindhu went down to Akane Yamaguchi in the Japan Open quarterfinals on Friday.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 26, 2019 1:48:57 pm
Japan Open 2019 Quarter Finals, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi: PV Sindhu went down to Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals

Japan Open 2019 Quarter Finals, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi Highlights: In a repeat of Indonesia Open final last week, PV Sindhu went down to Akane Yamaguchi in Japan Open badminton tournament quarterfinals on Friday. The Indian shuttler lost the Indonesia Open final to the Japanese and failed to get past the Japanese opponent again in a span of five days. She crashed out of the competition 18-21, 15-21.

Men’s doubles quarterfinals also ended in a loss for the Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. Local favourites Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda won the clash 21-19, 21-18 to leave Sai Praneeth as the only Indian left in the competition.

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Japan Open 2019 Quarter Finals, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi Badminton Highlights:

13:42 (IST)26 Jul 2019
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty crash out

Sai Praneeth is the only Indian shuttler to make it to the semifinals as PV Sindhu and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty crash in their respective quarterfinal matches. 

13:37 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Rankireddy-Shetty 12-15 Kamura-Sonoda

Post-mid-game break hasn't gone in the Indian pair's favour with the Japanese winning five of the six points. Kamura-Sonoda are rushing towards the next round of the tournament.

13:35 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Rankireddy-Shetty 11-10 Kamura-Sonoda

The Indian shuttlers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty manage to go into the second interval with a tender lead of one point.

13:30 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Rankireddy-Shetty 6-8 Kamura-Sonoda

And there goes the lead! The second game has been a series of smashes but the Japanese pair snatch the lead back from Rankiredd-Shetty before the mid-game break

13:24 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Rankireddy-Shetty 4-3 Kamura-Sonoda

Even though Rankireddy-Shetty have a point's lead, their opponent, with the crowd's support look confident and in control of their game. It's a tough battle for the Indian pair

13:19 (IST)26 Jul 2019
1st game: Rankireddy-Shetty 19-21 Kamura-Sonoda

After taking the initial lead and going into the 1st interval with a difference of four points, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty lose the opening game to local favourites 19-21

13:15 (IST)26 Jul 2019
1st game: Rankireddy-Shetty 19-19 Kamura-Sonoda

After the initial, strong lead, the Japanese pair have done well to fight back and it can be anyone's game now. Kamura-Sonoda look more confident now.

13:14 (IST)26 Jul 2019
1st game: Rankireddy-Shetty 16-16 Kamura-Sonoda

Silly errors, pressure creeping in as the Indian pair lose points to Kamura-Sonoda, who have levelled the opening game at 16-16. 

13:09 (IST)26 Jul 2019
1st game: Rankireddy-Shetty 13-9 Kamura-Sonoda

Smart and quick reaction by Shetty as they claim another point at the end of a rally. The Indian shuttlers are using their height to their advantage, even though the local favourites are fighting back

13:06 (IST)26 Jul 2019
1st game: Rankireddy-Shetty 11-7 Kamura-Sonoda

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty rush into the mid-game break with a four point lead over the Japanese pair in men's doubles. 

13:02 (IST)26 Jul 2019
1st game: Rankireddy-Shetty 4-1 Kamura-Sonoda

The Indian pair of Rankireddy-Shetty has taken an early lead against the Japanese duo. Long rallies are already underway and the Indian duo look confident

12:56 (IST)26 Jul 2019
Next up: Rankireddy-Shetty in quarters clash

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty take on local favourites Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda in men's doubles quarterfinals

12:49 (IST)26 Jul 2019
Yamaguchi wins

PV Sindhu goes down to Akane Yamaguchi second time in five days The Indian shuttler loses 18-21, 15-21 in the Japan Open quarterfinals.

12:45 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 13-17 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is now racing towards the semifinals. Sindhu is five-points and a game behind. On top of that, Sindhu has now used up both her challenges. Difficult to fight back from here

12:43 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 8-14 Yamaguchi

Sindhu tries desperately to force her way into the match but Yamaguchi is letting no space for the Indian shuttler. Sindhu needs a streak of points now to survive in the match as well as tournament.

12:39 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 7-11 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi goes into the mid-game break with a four-point advantage.Sindhu is playing a brilliant game but Yamaguchi is the better player of the two. 

12:34 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 6-6 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi has hacked it. She returns the favours and claims the point to snatch the lead back in the second game.

12:32 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 6-6 Yamaguchi

Sindhu has managed to level the second game at 6-6. She is attacking Yamaguchi's backhand and that has worked so far for the Indian.

12:29 (IST)26 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 1-3 Yamaguchi

Early errors from PV Sindhu sees her hand the first few points to the Japanese opponent on a plate. Yamaguchi is all over the place. If Sindhu manages to win this game, it is possible that Yamaguchi might be too tired for the decider

12:23 (IST)26 Jul 2019
1st game: Sindhu 18-21 Yamaguchi

A thrilling opening game of women's singles quarterfinals is underway. Sindhu manages to save two match points but Yamaguchi wins by three points

Sindhu took it easy in the first game and it worked in Ohori's favour as the Indian committed a lot of unforced errors. An error-prone Sindhu never looked in the contest initially as she kept hitting the net or the shuttle landed outside the court, enabling Ohori to pocket the first game comfortably. In the second game too, Sindhu struggled initially before finding her bearings. Trailing 0-2, the Indian made a great comeback to draw level and then took the lead for the first time in the contest. Once she managed to take a 3-2 lead, there was no looking back for Sindhu as she kept on extending her domination to grab the second game, roaring back into the contest in style. Sindhu continued in the same vein in the decider and surged ahead 3-1 and then 8-4 before Ohori clinched four straight points to level the scores at 8 apiece. But Sindhu lifted her game and won six consecutive points to take a 14-8 lead.