PV Sindhu vs Tine Baun: Indian Badminton League, 2nd semi-final - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau
Bangalore: In the second semi-finals of the Indian Badminton League, rising Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Denmark’s veteran star shuttler Tine Baun in straight sets 21-16, 21-13.
This was Sindhu's second victory against Baun in the tournament after she had defeated her once in the league stage.
Baun wasn't looking comfortable in the court as she made several unforced errors.
Sindhu, the icon player of Awadhe Warriors gave her side a much-needed victory after Mumbai Masters' Lee Chong Wei won the first match in the men's singles to give Mumbai a 1-0 lead in the second semi-final.
2nd GAME: SINDHU WINS IT 21-13
# Sindhu wins the game and the match after Baun's shot once again goes wide, 21-13
# Good cross court drop shot from Sindhu, 20-13, seven match points for Sindhu.
# Baun wins a point after an error of judgement from Sindhu, 13-19.
# Sindhu wins another point, 19-12.
# Bad dribble from Baun, Sindhu leads 18-12.
# Good judgement from Sindhu, 17-12.
# Baun wins a point, 12-16.
# Sindhu's shot goes wide, 11-16.
# Baun once again plays a loose shot, 16-10 lead for Sindhu.
# Good play at the nets from Baun, 10-15.
# Another long serve from Baun, 15-9.
# Baun wins a point as Sindhu's forehand goes wide, 9-14.
# Baun's backhand goes wide, she isn't in her game, 14-8. Sindhu now leads by six points at the second break as Baun is finding it extremely hard to get back into her rhythm.
# Point for Baun, 8-13.
# Sindhu wins a point, 13-7.
# Point for Baun, 7-12.
# More unforced errors from Baun, 12-6.
# Finally a point for Baun, 6-11.
# Good judgement from Sindhu again, 11-5 she leads.
# Baun's cross court smash hits the net, 10-5.
# Good judgement from Sindhu, 9-5.
# Point won by Baun, 5-8.
# Baun's return of serve is wide, 8-4.
# Baun's serve is long, Sindhu leads 7-4 at the end of the first break.
# Baun wins a point after a wrong judgement from Sindhu, 4-6.
# Good cross court drop shot from Sindhu, 6-3 lead for Sindhu.
# Baun's backhand drop shot is wide, 5-3 lead for Sindhu.
# Good deceptive play from Sindhu, she leads 4-3.
# Point for Baun this time, 3-3.
# Good smash from Sindhu, 3-2 she leads now.
# Good drop shot from Baun 2-2.
# Sindhu wins the next point as Baun's shot goes wide.
# Sindhu wins a point with a drop shot.
# Baun wins the first point, 1-0 she leads.
1st GAME: SINDHU WINS IT 21-16
As expected Sindhu dominated the proceedings and won the first game without much difficulty.
# Good judgement from Sindhu as Baun's return of serve goes long. Sidhu wins the first game 21-16.
# Good smash from Sindhu this time, 20-16, four game points for Sindhu.
# Powerful down the line smash from Baun, 16-19.
# Another point for Sindhu, Baun is looking tired now, 19-15.
# Good body smash from Sindhu, 18-15.
# Baun wins a point after an error of judgement from Sindhu, 15-17.
# Good cross court smash from Baun, 14-17.
# Good judgement from Sindhu, 17-13 she leads now.
# Cracking smash from Baun, 13-16.
# Service fault from Sindhu, 12-16.
# Sindhu wins a point, 16-11.
# Baun wins a point, 11-15.
# Bad serve from Sindhu, goes long, 10-15.
# Good smash from Sindhu, Baun was clueless there, 15-9 lead for Sindhu.
# Saina leading 14-9 at the second break after Baun's forehand went wide.
# Baun wins third successive point, 9-13.
# Good smash from Baun, wins another point, 8-13.
# Good drop shot from Baun this time, 7-13.
# Good judgement from Sindhu, 13-6.
# Good drop shot from Sindhu this time, 12-6.
# Good drop shot from Baun, 6-11.
# Good aggression from Sindhu, 11-5 she leads now.
# Good drop shot from Sindhu, 10-5.
# Back-to-back smashes from Baun, she wins a point, 5-9.
# Sindhu wins another point, 9-4.
# Baun's smash goes wide, 8-4 lead for Sindhu.
# Good body smash from Sindhu, she leads 7-4 at first break.
# Sindhu's shot goes wide, 4-6.
# Sindhu leads 6-3 after Baun's smash goes wide.
# Another point won by Sindhu, 5-3 Sindhu leads.
# Down the line smash from Baun, 3-4.
# Good serve from Sindhu, 4-2.
# Sindhu wins another point after a rally, 3-2 she leads now.
# Good judgement from Sindhu, 2-2.
# Baun wins a point, 2-1 she leads.
# Good serve from Tine, 1-1.
# Tine to serve. Sindhu wins the first point with a backhand smash.
But to beat the former All England Champion, Baun, in back-to back matches would be hard nut to crack for Sindhu.
Where Sindhu will look for a second consecutive win over Baun, the Denmark shuttler will try to look for revenge.
Since Sindhu has become the first Indian shuttler to win a medal at the World Championships, expectations from the 18-year-old has certainly raised.