Live World Badminton Championships 2017, Score and updates, Day 3: Srikanth, Saina and Praneeth enter next round

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Kirsty Gilmour beats Rituparna Das: 21-16, 21-13

It was an easy win for the crowd favourite, who played a very strong overall game right from the start of the match. Rituparna was lost after the mid-game interval of both the games and struggled to find her feet at the backcourt. Gilmour switched the gears and took complete control of her position to beat the unseeded Indian. 

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15-11! The Scottish shuttler is making the crowd go bonkers at the moment. She has now taken the complete control of the second game. 

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8-5! Gilmour is not letting Rituparna settle down at the net. The more she pushes Rituparna towards the backcourt, the more space she has to go for the kill. 

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Ajay Jayaram beats Mark Caljouw: 21-13, 21-18

This is the second match where Jayaram has finished things off in straight games. He attacked from the backcourt in the second game and returned the shuttle without any hiccups to register an easy win over a defensive Caljouw. 

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18-16! Jayaram inches closer to a straight-games win but Caljouw has done enough to bother him. The next two points are crucial. 

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15-12! Jayaram needs to be focused now as Caljouw won’t give up easily. He has now played back-to-back crosscourt shots. 

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17-9! Kirsty should win the first game from here. Rituparna clipped while running towards the forecourt and thankfully she is unhurt. She is still hesitant to take her chances and hit attacking shots. 

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Meanwhile, Jayaram leads 9-7 against Caljouw. The Indian has used a mix of attacking and defensive strokes to drain his opponent. 

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8-4! Gilmour is on the front foot in the opening game so far as Rituparna Das struggles to return the shuttle from the mid-court. Amazing use of footwork by the Scottish shuttler. 

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Ajay Jayaram wins opening game: 21-13

The Indian shuttler wins four points on the trot at the end to claim the first game quite convincingly against Caljouw. Easy!

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15-10! Ajay Jayaram has a healthy five-point lead over Mark Caljouw in the opening game. The Indian shuttler likes to attack from the forecourt. 

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Rajiv Ouseph beats Sameer Verma: 22-20, 21-9

Ouseph often pinned Verma to the back in long rallies and the Indian was forced to come out with tosses that sometimes were short and asked to be smashed. Ouseph obliged and it became one-sided. Verma almost gave up, that final point a drive beyond the right tram lines showed it. Ouseph wins 22-20, 21-9 in 43 mins. Not much to separate the two to start with, and then Ouseph just pulled ahead very strongly. So, Sameer Verma, is the first Indian men’s singles player to go out.

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Running away…. Ouseph too far ahead… 18-8. Verma’s lifts sometimes become easy fodder for Ouseph

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At the mid-game interval, Pullela Gopichand, the national coach, was seen exchanging stern words with Sameer. He was clearly unhappy with his shot-selection and the pace near the net. Ouseph is taking full advantage of his height. 

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8-6! Ouseph successfully deceives his opponent to further strengthen his lead as we approach the mid-game interval. Sameer is quick but needs to bring in a variety of shots against a tall opponent like Ouseph. 

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Game 1 – Ouspeh v Sameer Verma

Indian did well to match the European Champion, who is a very good player. Ouseph has been making Verma run around. But there was little to choose between the two. Verma should try and close faster else Ouseph will grind it out.

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5-3! Ouseph starts well and puts Sameer under pressure quite early in the second game. 

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Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy after loss to 2nd seeds Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christina Pedersen (Denmark), “I think we matched them through most of the match, but at the end of the third set we started to make a lot of silly mistakes and they managed to win quite a lot of short rallies, so yes their change of strategy was very smart.”

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Rajiv Ouseph wins the opening game: 22-20

The Briton was stretched at the backcourt but he managed to unsettle Sameer just in time. The Indian gave away a match point in the process. He needs to finish the game quickly. 

The second game gets underway. 

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20-20! This game is turning out to be an interesting one. Both, Sameer and Ouseph have shown contrasting styles of game to outnumber each other. 

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19-18! Sameer hits a jump smash and takes a slender one-point lead over Ouseph. 

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Ouseph is a high-quality player. Was ranked 10th in the world once. Won the European Champs this year. So, Verma doing well to stay with him.

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17-15! Great reflexes by Sameer to defend the jump smash but he couldn’t return the shuttle as it hits the frame. Ouseph leads. 

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12-12! It’s surely tight in the opening game as both the shuttlers are trying to outplay each other with drop shots. Although, Ouseph’s shot-selection has been impressive. 

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9-8! Another poor judgement by Sameer there to leave the shuttle as it lands on the baseline. Interestingly, Ouseph is also a rally player so we may get to see long, tiring rallies as the game progresses. 

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6-3! Sameer has been quick while hitting net shots. Ouseph is at the backcourt, trying to push Sameer near his tramlines. 

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Sameer Verma is in action against Rajiv Ouseph in the second round of the men’s singles. The Indian is coming back of a lengthy shoulder injury. 

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Kamilla Juhl and Christinna Pedersen beat Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy: 24-22, 17-21, 21-15

The Danes had the last laugh following a close win over Ashwini and Sikki who clawed back into the second game but failed to maintain the same aggression in the final game. 

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Ashwini and Sikki are trailing 14-16 in the decider. Need something magical from the Indian duo to stop Juhl and Pedersen. 

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24-22! That opening game went down to the wire. Kamilla Juhl/Christinna hold on to their nerves to edge past the Indian pair of Ashwini/Sikki in a nail-biting start to the second round match. 

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Lin Dan beats Emil Holst: 19-21, 21-8, 21-16

The five-time champion Lin Dan survives a second round scare against Holst in three games to enter the next round of men’s singles event. 

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Ponnappa and Sikki are giving a tough fight to Christina Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 

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Day 2 report: PV Sindhu, B. Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy advanced but the mixed doubles pairing of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in the second round of the World Badminton Championships on Tuesday.

Fourth seed Sindhu, a two-time World Championships bronze medallist, moved past South Korean Kim Hyo Min 21-16, 21-14 in 49 minutes.

Praneeth got the better of Hong Kong’s Wei Nan 21-18, 21-17, while Jayaram crushed Austrian Luka Wraber 21-14, 21-12 in 31 minutes.

In the mixed doubles competitions, Sumeeth-Ashwini lost to Chinese 13th seed Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping 17-21, 21-18, 5-21 in 58 minutes.

The pair of Pranaav and Sikki brushed aside Malaysian Yogendran Khrishnan and Indian Prajakta Sawant 21-12, 21-19 in 40 minutes.

Another mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and K Maneesha too exited the competition with a 20-22, 18-21 loss to Danish 14th seed Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen.

Day 3 will see Kidambi Srikanth take one Lucas Corvee while Sameer Verma goes up against 16th seed Rajiv Ouseph.

Saina Nehwal will take on Switzerland’s Sabrina Jacquet and Tanvi Lad faces Sung Ji Hyun in the first matches on courts 3 and 2 respectively.

With inputs from IANS.



Published Date: Aug 24, 2017 12:03 am | Updated Date: Aug 24, 2017 12:26 am

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