Thanks for tuning into Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the women's singles quarterfinal of the BWF World Championships 2021 between India's P V Sindhu and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfurled in Huelva, Spain.
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Sindhu 17-21, 13-21 Tai - Tai Tzu sends a body smash and finishes the match. A convincing 21-17, 21-13 victory in 42 minutes for Tai Tzu Ying over reigning world champion P V Sindhu sends her through to the semifinals.
Sindhu 17-21, 13-18 Tai - Again. Another. Drop. Shot. Tai Tzu Ying is absolutely nailing them!
Sindhu 17-21, 13-16 Tai - Challenge from Sindhu but the hawk-eye showed that her lift had landed past the baseline.
Sindhu 17-21, 12-15 Tai - Three points on the trot for the world number one.
Sindhu 17-21, 12-12 Tai - Parity restored. Can Sindhu make a comeback and force a decider from here?
Sindhu 17-21, 11-12 Tai - Cross-court drop shot from Sindhu sends Tai on the floor in the effort to retrieve it but she only manages to hit the net.
Sindhu 17-21, 10-11 Tai - Two consecutive points for Sindhu. One down the line drop shot and another cross-court smash working for her.
Sindhu 17-21, 8-11 Tai - Tai has a three-point lead going into the mid-game interval.
Sindhu 17-21, 7-10 Tai - Tai's drop shots have been spot on today.
Sindhu 17-21, 6-6 Tai - Tai did all the hard work and had an open court to finish the rally. However, she send one wide to spoil it all.
Sindhu 17-21, 5-4 Tai - Sindhu roars after hitting a brilliant cross-court smash about which Tai could do nothing.
Sindhu 17-21, 3-4 Tai - Tai's deceptive play is making it tough for Sindhu to keep her momentum.
Sindhu 17-21, 3-2 Tai - Excellent drop shot from Sindhu catches Tai off-guard.
Sindhu 17-21, 1-1 Tai - Great net shot from Tai but just lands wide.
Sindhu 17-21 Tai - And that is the first game done and dusted. Sindhu sends one wide and Tai takes the lead.
Sindhu 16-19 Tai - Fortunate point for Tai as she lifts one over the net but the shuttle hits it and lands closer to the net on Sindhu's side.
Sindhu 15-18 Tai - Rally of the match so far. Sindhu made Tai run to all corners of the court before sending one cross-court smash out of her reach.
Sindhu 14-18 Tai - Tai smashes one straight into the net. Another point for Sindhu.
Sindhu 12-16 Tai - Good couple of points for the Indian. Tai tried to play another deceptive net shot but couldn't manage to send it over.
Sindhu 9-14 Tai - Aggressive cross-court smash from Sindhu.
Sindhu 7-13 Tai - Finally a point for Sindhu as Tai smashes one just wide.
Sindhu 6-11 Tai - Tai totally out-thought Sindhu in this rally. She kept forcing the Indian back to the baseline and played a delightful drop to finish it to take a five-point lead at the mid-game interval.
Sindhu 3-9 Tai - Sindhu looks nervous. Tai easily dictating the rallies.
Sindhu 2-6 Tai - Perfect body smash from Tai. She increases her lead to four points.
Sindhu 1-2 Tai - Two consecutive error of judgments from Sindhu on well-timed lobs from Tai which landed well inside the baseline.
Sindhu 1-0 Tai - First point to the Indian as Tai smashes one into the net.
AND THE QUARTERFINAL BEGINS!
The two shuttlers have entered the court and begun their warm-up. Tai to serve.
India's ace shuttler P V Sindhu, seeded sixth, is set to face world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinal of the BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain on Friday.
This is Sindhu's seventh appearance at the mega event and she has reached the quarterfinal stage everytime. The 26-year-old defeated Tai 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 in the quarterfinals of the 2019 edition and clinched the title.
Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu reached the quarterfinal after defeating Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-14, 21-18 in the pre-quarterfinal match that lasted 48 minutes on Thursday.
On the other hand, top-seeded Tai, who is her playing her first tournament since winning the Olympic silver in Tokyo, defeated Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour 21-10, 19-21, 21-11 in her pre-quarterfinal.
This will be the 20th meeting between world number seven Sindhu and Tai where the Indian will look to better her head-to-head record which currently is 5-14. In the duo's last meeting, Tai had beaten Sindhu 21-18, 21-12 in the semifinal in Tokyo.
Sindhu will also be keen to win her first title since beating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the World Championships final in Basel in 2019.
Where to watch?
Women's Singles quarterfinal of the BWF World Championships between India's P V Sindhu and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying will be live telecast on Star Sports Network and live streamed on Disney+ Hotstar from 2:30 pm on Friday, December 17.
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