More strategic there from Jwala and Ashwini — good move putting the Japanese away and Jwala finishing it near the net. 8-6 to India.
Oooh Jwala gives a lot of flight to that one and it's duly punished with a smash by Ayaka. Ind lead 9-8
Brilliant from Ashwini -- zap-zap-zap! Three shots and she finishes with a smash. Ind go into the break leading 11-9.
Unlucky for India as Ayaka's shot rolls over the net and too far for Ashwini. Ind lead 12-11 now.
Excellent reflexes from Ashwini -- makes up for a silly error she made in the previous rally. 13-13 now
14-14 now as Ayaka hits it out - fine rally before that as both teams smash and defend equally.
Quick net-play again from both teams before Ashwini's return finds the net. Japan lead 15-14.
What a smash from Ashwini - my word - that return just flew out of the court and somewhere. India lead 16-15
Oh there was so much time for that smash -- and Ashwini's hit it right into the net. Ind lead 18-16 now.
That's the second fault by Japan! Ind lead 19-16 .
Jwala suddenly finds himself in the smashing role, does it well and then Japan make the error -- Ind 20-16 now.
Both players going for the same shuttle -- 20-17 now.
What's happening? Wasteful from India and a loss of concentration. 20-19 now.
Smash, smash, smash!! Ashwini so good at them and gets the point eventually -- 21-20 now.
India are still in this! Jwala-Ashwini take 2nd game 22-20 after losing the first one.
Jwala-Ashwini run away into a 6-3 lead...
7-5 now — Ashwini going for a disguised drop shot and makes a hash of it.
Ashwini is really shining in this game -- the shuttle is changed after she gets another fine point.
Lobbed by Ayaka and she's successful with it -- Ashwini tries to flick it back but can't reach it.
11-10 to the Japanese now as this match is also going down to the wire.
Brilliant from Ashwini, just anticipates the service and drops it immediately.
Japan take two more points to make it 14-12.
ZAP!! Ashwini's known for her smashes and she delivers them in style! Gets a vital point. India trail 12-15.
Another point for India and it's 13-15 now.
The Japanese are in control now. They play Jwala/Ashwini around the court before creating a gap and smashing right there. 17-14 they lead.
Two points in a row and India are two points away now. Jwala defends, Ashwini smashes -- that was the perfect rally for them. 16-18
Japanese got on top of that rally from the off and rightfully get the tellnig point. 20-16 now.
Misaki/Ayaka beat Jwala/Ashwini 21-12, 20-22, 21-16. It's India 2-1 Japan in the Uber Cup semifinal now.
It's going to be Thulasi vs Hirose now.
Thulasi takes a quick 2-1 lead against Hirose.
Oh good stuff from Thulasi as she keeps Hirose on her toes -- but just can't take a low shot. That was unlucky.
Excellent from Thulasi -- she really has a good drop-shot and is showing it. Makes it 4-4 with that one.
Hirose takes a point, Thulasi fights back, Hirose gets one again and Thulasi comes back. 5-5 now.
Hirose and Thulasi really having a go at each other -- 7-7 now
Four rapid points for Hirose as she starts dominating and showing her quality. It's 11-7 into the break
Hirose just showing her experience now. Toys with Thulasi, sends her one way and finishes the point cross-court at the other end. 13-7 now.
15-9 to Hirose as the gap widens. She really needs to muster up a fight here.
Hirose still dominant despite a stomach bug she suffered from yesterday -- leads 19-11 now.
Hirose takes the first game 21-14 against Thulasi.
Thulasi's confidence has taken a beating -- she's wilted 0-3 already in the 2nd game.
Well well she does have a fight in her doesn't she? She's won three straight points. Trails 3-4 now.