A rally of 211 shots, which lasted three consecutive minutes. It is being described as the longest official rally in badminton history. The players playing in this rally are Pearly Tan-M Thinah of Malaysia and Rina Miyaura-Ayako Sakuramoto of Japan. The Malaysian pair and the Japanese pair square off in the second round during the Malaysia Masters. Pearly Tan and M. Thinah needed a 211-shot rally to reach the quarterfinals.
The Malaysian pair registered a 21-17, 18-21, 21-19 win over Japan’s Rina Miyaura-Ayako Sakuramoto in a thrilling match. The longest rally in badminton history, the previous official record was a 195 shot rally. The rally is believed to have lasted more than three minutes between Baek Ha-na-lee Yu-rim of South Korea and China during the 2022 Korea Open.
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But Parle said after today’s match, ‘We are relieved that this match is over, we just want to go back, rest and come back tomorrow for another tough match.’ Thinah said that, ‘We were steamrolled, but we continued because we could see that our opponents were also tired.’
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Meanwhile, India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu has advanced to the semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters. On Thursday, he defeated Yi Man Hong of China. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, defeated lower-ranked Hong in three games 21-16, 13-21, 22-20 in the quarterfinals. The match lasted for one hour and 14 minutes. Sindhu had defeated this Chinese player in the same tournament last year as well. In this way, Sindhu avenged her defeat to Wai Man in the round of 32 of the All India Open earlier this year.
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Sindhu will take on world number nine and seventh seed Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia in the semi-finals on Saturday. In the quarterfinals, Tunjung defeated second seed Yi He Wang of China 21-18, 22-20. Tunjung has been in excellent form in this tournament. She defeated PV Sindhu in straight games at the Madrid Spain Masters held in April last year. However, both have played eight matches so far and Sindhu has defeated Tunjung seven times.
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Kidambi Srikanth, on the other hand, lost in the men’s singles quarterfinals. He is out of the tournament. Srikanth lost 21-16, 16-21, 11-21 to Indonesian shuttler Christian Adinata. This match lasted for 57 minutes. India’s HS Prannoy will face Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles quarterfinals.
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