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Malaysia Open 2018 Highlights: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth crash out after losing in semifinals

Malaysia Open Highlights: The defending champion Tai Tzu Ying defeated PV Sindhu 21-15, 19-21, 21-11 to reach the final.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 30, 2018 2:44:17 pm
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Malaysia Open Highlights: PV Sindhu lost to defending champion Tai Tzu Ying 21-15, 19-21, 21-11 to crash out of the Malaysia Open in the semifinal round. After losing the first game against the Chinese Taipei shuttler, Sindhu managed to come out strong in the second game. But a really strong deciding game by the Tzu Ying ended her hopes. It was a bad day for Indian shuttlers as Kidambi Sriknath too crashed out of the Malaysia Open after losing to Japan’s Kento Momota in the semifinal round by 13-21, 13-21. In so doing, Momota picked up his 22nd consecutive win.

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Malaysia Open 2018 Highlights, PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth semifinals

13:28 (IST)30 Jun 2018
PV SINDHU LOSES TO TAI TZI YING

TAI TZU YING REACHES HER SECOND CONSECUTIVE MALAYSIA OPEN FINAL AS SHE BEATS PV SINDHU 21-15, 19-21, 21-11. It took 53 minutes in the match. 

13:27 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Tai Tzu Ying need two points to win

PV Sindhu smashes hard and Tai does not take too much effort to reply to that one. She needs two points to win and already has an 8-point lead. She leads 19-11,.

13:26 (IST)30 Jun 2018
DELIGHTFUL SMASH BY TAI!

Tai Tzu Ying has taken an 10-point lead over PV Sindhu as she continues to trouble the Indian shuttler with speed and brute force. She picks her up on the left, and then smashes. She picks her up on the right, and then smashes left. Tai leads 18-8.

13:23 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Tai tires out Sindhu!

Tai Tzu Ying completely tires out Sindhu as she plays on her footwork and balance, and smashes the ball towards the right. These are worrying times for PV Sindhu as she trails 13-7 in the deciding game.

13:21 (IST)30 Jun 2018
PV SINDHU TRAILS AT THE BREAK!

PV Sindhu is trailing 11-6 against Tai Tzu Ying at the break in the deciding game. 

13:18 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Tai leads 6-5 against Sindhu

Tai Tzu Ying is leading at the moment against PV Sindhu as she continues to trouble Sindhu with her speed. She completely closed the room on the Indian shuttler, and PV Sindhu looks confused as if thinking, 'WHAT TO DO!' Terrific stuff from Tai. She leads 8-5.

13:16 (IST)30 Jun 2018
TAI SMASHES!

WHAT A TERRIFIC SMASH! Tai Tzu Ying sets up Sindhu for a smash as she drops one to Sindhu slowly, and just as Sindhu picks it up, she pounces and smashes. Tai is in the lead 4-3. 

13:15 (IST)30 Jun 2018
All level in the Final game

Tai Tzu Ying and PV Sindhu are not giving any breathing space to each other in the third and final game of the semifinal match. It is all level 2-2 at the moment between the two shuttlers. 

13:12 (IST)30 Jun 2018
SINDHU WINS THE SECOND GAME!

Two uncharacteristic unforced error from Tai takes Sindhu to 21-19 in the second game. All level at the semifinal and we will now go to deciding game. 

13:10 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Too close to call

Tai has now regained the lead as she smashes the shuttle to Sindhu who fails to reply to her. She is leading 19-18. But is too close to call at the moment. 

13:09 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Ying smashes!

Losing three points on the trot, Ying comes back with a smash that Sindhu had no chance to reply to. She stretched wide but just could not get her racquet on the shuttle  to send it back. Sindhu leads 18-17

13:08 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Sindhu picks up two points and roars!

PV Sindhu has regained the lead by getting two points on the trot.  A sensational stuff from the Rio Olympic medal winning shuttler. 

13:08 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Sindhu picks up two points and roars!

PV Sindhu has regained the lead by getting two points on the trot.  A sensational stuff from the Rio Olympic medal winning shuttler. 

13:07 (IST)30 Jun 2018
CLOSE CONTEST

One point to Ying. Another to Sindhu. This is going like a see-saw at the moment. All level at the moment at 15-15. 

13:04 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Reverse smash by Tai Tzu Ying!

A terrific reverse handed smash by Tai Tzu Ying and her technical abilities continue to cause troubles for PV Sindhu. She is leading at the moment with 13-12 scoreline in the second game.

13:02 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Tai Tzu Ying leads at the break in the second game

What a terrific display of skills by the defending champion as she comes back from 1-6 down to lead 11-10 at the break in the second game against PV Sindhu. 

13:01 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Sindhu's super smash wasted!

PV Sindhu smashes tyhe bshuttler to get a point but Tai Tzu Ying's ability to defend is terrific. She sends it back towards left and Sindhu could not get a reply. Score level 9-9

12:59 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Tai Tzu Ying fights back

Tai Tzu Ying fights back and she reduces the gap to one point. Sindhu is still leading by 8-7, only just. 

12:57 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Tai Tzu Ying commits another error

Tai Tzu Ying's strategy of tiring out Sindhu by making her go left to right has taken a back toll in the second game with the shuttler putting the shuttler out a few times. Sindhu leads 7-4. 

12:56 (IST)30 Jun 2018
Sindhu leads 6-2

A drop shot from Tai Tzu Ying and PV Sindhu fails to pick it up. She feels irritated she failed to pick up that one but Sindhu is still leading 6-2 in the second game. 

PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin Live Malaysia Open Highlights: PV Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu Ying. (Source: File)

PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth continued their impressive run at the Malaysia Open, progressing to the semifinals of the women’s and men’s singles competition with a straight-game wins in the USD 700,000 world tour super 750 tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. In a clash between Olympic silver and gold medallists, it was Sindhu who emerged victories with a 22-20 21-19 result in a 52-minute quarterfinal match. The 22-year-old Sindhu, who won a silver at the Glasgow World Championship, will face world no 1 and top seed Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying today.