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World number one Carolina Marin will take on Li Xuerui in the first Women's badminton semi-final at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Thursday (18 August).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 1pm BST/9am local time. Live coverage of the game will be available on BBC One, BBC Four and Red Button in the United Kingdom. In addition to this, there will be up to 24 HD video streams to follow the event on desktop, mobile and tabs.

For international viewers, the online streaming is available here. Live scores of the matches can also be found here.


Marin made it to the semi-final after she managed to beat South Korea's Sung Ji-hyun in the last eight of the Women's event. The 23-year-old had no trouble in making her way into the semis as she defeated her opponent in straight sets in the previous round.

The quarter-final fixture between Marin and Ji-hyun went in the Spanish star's favour as she won the match 21-12, 21-16. Marin will be targeting for another straight set win to confirm at least a silver medal in Rio and a place in the final.

However, she has to overcome Xuerui, who is the defending Olympic champion, having won the gold in the London 2012 Olympics. The 25-year-old Chinese star will be hoping to make it to another Olympic final.

Carolina Marin
Carolina Marin has made it to the semi-final of the Women's event in Rio Getty

The clash between Marin and Xuerui is going to be an exciting one, considering the form in which both the badminton stars are at the moment. Xueruie defeated Thailand's Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in straight sets to make it to the last four. The final score was 21-12, 21-17.