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All England Open 2018: B Sai Praneeth vs Son Wan Ho, Live Match Updates

Son Wan Ho def Sai Praneeth 13-21, 21-15, 21-11 to enter R2
Updated: 14 March 2018 21:49 IST - Published: 14 March 2018 18:33 IST
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Sai made a very promising start but lost his grip on the match as Son Wan Ho raised his level. Hopefully, the Indian will learn from his mistakes and make improvements as the season progresses.
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Final score: Son Wan Ho def Sai Praneeth 13-21, 21-15, 21-11 in 59 minutes to enter R2
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And Son Wan Ho has completed the win!!!!
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Sai saves one!

11-20
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10 MATCH POINTS FOR SON WAN HO!!!!

20-10
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It's a TEN-POINT GAP NOW!!!


19-9
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And 17-8 for Son Wan Ho

Sai looks to have lost his way now....very late for a comeback!
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And 14-7 now for the higher-ranked shuttler
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And 13-6 as well
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It's 12-6 for the fifth seed....has he weathered the Sai storm?
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3 quick points for the Korean and he goes into the break with an 11-5 advantage.
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And Sai adds 2 more points and is now trailing 5-8


Can he level this game?
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Sai has fallen behind 3-8 now
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Sai finally grabs a second point.

2-6
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And 5-1

Looks like Sai is struggling at the moment!
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It's 4-1 to the Korean currently
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Son Wan Ho now opens up a 2-0 lead in the decider.
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Son now grabs the second game 21-15 to level this match.

We are into a decider!
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It's 19-15 for the fifth seed.
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And Son is now accelerating through this game.

He builds a big lead of SIX POINTS TO MAKE IT 18-12
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It's 15-11 for the Korean now
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Son amps up the attack and adds 2 more points to his kitty!

14-10
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It's still a close one although the Korean still has the advantage.

12-10
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It's 11-8 for Son going into the mid-game interval.
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It's a TWO-POINT LEAD FOR THE KOREAN NOW!

10-8
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Sai gets two crucial points to make it 7-8
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Son Wan Ho now leads 7-5
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3 consecutive points for Son to make it 6-4
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Sai has a mini lead of one point!

4-3
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But Son Wan Ho quickly erases the lead and makes it 2-2
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Sai opens up a 2-0 lead in Game 2
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That was a masterful display from the Indian!!
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AND SAI GRABS THE FIRST GAME 21-13
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SEVEN GAME POINTS FOR SAI PRANEETH!

20-13
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19-11 for Sai

He is now just 2 points away FROM TAKING THE FIRST GAME!!!!
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17-11 in favour of Sai
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SEVEN-POINT ADVANTAGE FOR SAI

16-9
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15-7 is the lead currently for the Indian
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But Sai cannot afford to relax for the Korean is now coming back!

13-7
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13-4 FOR SAI!!!!


This has been an amazing display from Sai so far!
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And Sai takes an 11-4 lead going into the mid-game interval.
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It's 10-4 for the Indian currently
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The rallies have expectedly become longer.

Sai still has the lead

8-4
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It's 7-3 for Sai currently
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It's 6-2 for the Indian!

Pretty good performance so far!
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Son Wan Ho fought back but Sai still keeps his nose in front.

4-2
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Good start for Sai Praneeth and he leads 3-1
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The match is under way!
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Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the men's singles first round of the All England Open where B Sai Praneeth takes on World No 5 Son Wan Ho.

The Indian, who has been struggling since the World Championships last year, has been handed a pretty difficult draw and it will be tough for him to cross the first hurdle. However, as he told Sportskeeda last month, at the All England, no opponent is easy. Sai Praneeth will be looking to overcome So Wan Ho, a nemesis he has not managed to beat in three previous meetings.

Even if he does cross the first hurdle, the path only gets more difficult for him as he could meet Jonatan Christie in the second round. But first, he has to beat Son. Stay tuned for all live updates.