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Badminton Asia Championships 2018, Women's Singles, 2nd Round: Saina Nehwal vs Gao Fangjie, Live Match Updates

Nehwal def Fangjie 21-18, 21-8 in 40 minutes to enter QFs.
Updated: 26 April 2018 13:22 IST - Published: 26 April 2018 11:33 IST
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That's it for now!

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After that tight first game, it was a masterclass from the former World No. 1. This will surely increase her confidence level further.
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Final score: Nehwal def Fangjie 21-18, 21-8 in 40 minutes to enter QFs.
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And Saina has won!!!!!!!
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Gao saves one
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13 match points for Saina!!!!!!!
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And 19-7 it is!!
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Four more points for the CWG gold medallist!

Finish line in sight!

18-7
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It's 14-6 to Saina as she regains control after a brief Gao fightback
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Gao is trying to prolong the rallies in order to tire Saina out!


She gets a point and trails 4-12
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12-3 for Saina after the break
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Saina goes into the break with a lead of 11-3
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It's 9-3 to Nehwal presently.
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3 quick points go Saina's way as she races ahead to 8-3
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Saina leads 5-3
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Saina now breaks free from the tie to go up to 4-2
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And it's 2-2
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It's 1-1 in Game 2
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Saina pockets the first game 21-18
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Gao saves one!
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Saina has three game points!


20-17
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But she can't hold off Gao, who comes back to 17-18
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It's 18-15 to Saina as she steadily increases her lead
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Saina gets a couple of crucial points to leap ahead to 16-14
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Still not much to choose between the two.

14-14
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