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All England Open 2018: Saina Nehwal vs Tai Tzu Ying, Live Match Updates

Tai def Nehwal 21-14, 21-18 to enter R2
Updated: 14 March 2018 17:33 IST - Published: 14 March 2018 14:13 IST
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She was forced to a lot of legwork, running all over the court. And she also had to put a bit of pressure on the knee as she had to retrieve a lot of low shots. And Saina looked untroubled by that, which should be a good sign. Let us hope Saina can build on this and notch up some good results in the rest of the season.
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It was always supposed to be a very tough opener for Nehwal. But considering her past few performances against the World No. 1, the former All England runner-up did pretty well. Her movement and fitness looked quite good and her overall display was encouraging. If she can remain injury-free and if the draws favour her in her next few tournaments, she can get some good results.
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Final score: Tai def Nehwal 21-14, 21-18 in 37 minutes
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The shuttle goes out from Saina!

It's all over for the Indian!
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Two match points for Tai!
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What a drop from Tai!

19-18
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Tai sends the shuttle wide!

18-18
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And Saina is struggling to keep up with the pace!

18-17 goes up Tai
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And she finds the corner!

17-17
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Sharp crosscourt shot whipped by Tai!

16-17
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Backhand goes long from Tai!

Saina 17-15
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And she gets yet another point.

15-16
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Beautiful drop from Tai!

Saina 16-14
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Saina on the floor!

Tai gets a down the line winner!

Saina 16-13
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Now Saina makes an error at the net.

16-12
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Once more she makes the same mistake!

Saina 16-11
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Yet another!

15-11 for Saina
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Another one into the net!

Saina 14-11
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Now Tai is blocked by the net!

Saina 13-11
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Now Tai is slowly coming back.

Down the line and she is back to 11-12
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Big smash from Saina and she is up 12-9
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First point to Tai after the break.

9-11
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Down the line goes Saina!

She is up 11-8 at the midgame interval
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Another point in favour of Tai!

8-10
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