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Asian Games 2018, Badminton, Women's Singles, Quarterfinal, Day 8: Saina Nehwal vs Ratchanok Intanon, Live Score, Latest Updates & Results

Follow ALL the LIVE updates of the QF b/w Saina Nehwal and Ratchanok Intanon at Asian Games here!
Updated: 26 August 2018 13:52 IST - Published: 26 August 2018 10:48 IST
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What a comeback that was from Saina after a poor start!

And don't go anywhere as we might have another medal coming up!


PV Sindhu will be in action soon!!!!
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Final score: Nehwal def Intanon 21-18, 21-16 to enter the semi-finals.
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This is India's first individual medal since Syed Modi won a bronze at the 1982 Games.
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This is India's first ever women's singles medal at the Asian Games!!!!!

How fitting it is that the woman who started a badminton revolution, gets it!!!
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And what a way to confirm her first individual Asiad medal!!!!!


A brilliant rally ends with a Saina forehand winner into the corner!!!!!
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Nehwal wins a MEDAL at the Asian Games for the first time!
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Nehwal WINS!!!!     
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Medal points for Saina!
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The Thai gets a couple of points now

Trails 16-19
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Just two points away from a medal 

Saina up 19-14 now
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Finally Ratchanok comes up with a deceptive net shot to get the better of the Indian.

17-14 for Nehwal
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It's 17-12 for Nehwal
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Nehwal, on the other hand, is flourishing as she brings out winner after winner!
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No sharpness any more in her shots and that gifts Saina a flurry of points.

Nehwal up 16-11
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Ratchanok looks a bit subdued now. Absolutely lacking in the confidence she started the match with.
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It's 13-11 for the Indian now.
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Ratchanok pulled back one more point through a deceptive net shot.

Nehwal up 11-9 at the midgame break
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But the Thai undoes her good work with a couple of errors right after that.

Nehwal up 10-8
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Ratchanok is slowly closing in now!

Trails by 1 point at 7-8
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Ratchanok is desperate now! And she is showing it by consistently going for down the line smashes!

6-8
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The Thai pulls back one point and Saina now leads 7-4  
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The Indian fans are screaming their hearts out at the Istora!

And Saina delivering!

Up 6-3
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Nehwal maintains her two-point advantage!

5-3
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Saina is still up 4-2.

Still looking very, very pumped up!!
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And Saina is already being very, very aggressive.

It's 3-1 to Saina!
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It's 1-1 to begin the second game with.
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That was an outstanding turnaround by the Indian!

She trailed for most of the game, yet managed to hang in there and get the game!

That's why she is such a big champion!!!!!!
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Saina takes the first game 21-18
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Poor play from Ratchanok!

Game points to Saina!
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Excellent retrieving by Nehwal forces the Thai to err at the net!

Saina in the lead for the first time at 19-18
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Big crosscourt smash from Nehwal!!!

18-18
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Ratchanok takes the next point.

18-17
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Again a crosscourt drop from Saina after a brilliant rally!

Saina has levelled this!

17-17
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And Saina outfoxed Ratchanok at the net as well!

Saina trails by just one point!

16-17
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3 quick points for Saina, who is moving better and making Ratchanok move all over the court.

Saina 14-17
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Beautiful jump smash right on the sideline from the Thai!

Ratchanok up 17-11
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Right now Ratchanok is up 16-11 
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Saina can't control a tight spinning shot from the Thai.


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Another couple of points for the Indian and she has now closed the gap to just four points.

10-14
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But she sends the shuttle long soon after!

Saina trails 8-14
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Now Saina trails 8-13
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And there is a little scream from Nehwal!

Is she finally finding her feet?
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Saina is going for dropshot now!
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That has given her at least a little bit of confidence.

Saina takes 3 points in a row and now trails 6-12
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Finally an injection of pace into Saina's shots! Moved brilliantly and got back one point.
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This is a very slow start for Saina. She really needs to pull her socks up!
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It's 11-3 for the Thai at the midgame interval.
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Ratchanok is anticipating the Saina shots very well.

One backhand flip over the net to tackle Saina!

Ratchanok is up to 10-3
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Finally one powerful smash from Saina but she makes a mistake soon enough right after that.

8-3 to the Thai