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Badminton Asia Championships 2018, Women's Singles, Quarterfinal: Saina Nehwal vs Lee Jang Mi, Live Match Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedApr 27, 2018 15:59 IST

Nehwal def Lee 21-15, 21-13 to enter the semi-finals

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15:59 (IST)27 APR 2018

That's it from us! Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates from the Badminton Asia Championships throughout the day!

15:59 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina needed a few minutes to settle into the match and read her opponent's shots. Once she managed to do it, it was just a walk in the park for the former World No. 1.

15:55 (IST)27 APR 2018

SAINA ENTERS THE SEMI-FINALS. SHE WILL MEET THE WINNER OF THE QUARTER-FINAL BETWEEN TAI TZU YING AND HE BINGJIAO.

15:53 (IST)27 APR 2018

SAINA NEHWAL WINS!!!!!

21-15, 21-13 IN 43 MINUTES!!!!

15:52 (IST)27 APR 2018

SEVEN MATCH POINTS FOR THE INDIAN!!!!!!

20-13

15:51 (IST)27 APR 2018

And it is 19-13 to the Indian now.

Saina is in sniffing distance of a victory here

15:49 (IST)27 APR 2018

Nehwal grabs a couple of points and extends her lead to 17-10 now

She needs just FOUR MORE POINTS TO GRAB THE WIN!

15:48 (IST)27 APR 2018

It's no more a one-sided contest as Lee is fighting hard for every point, but the Indian still has a healthy lead of five points.

15-10 to Nehwal

15:46 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina stops her comeback in the tracks and races ahead to 14-8

15:46 (IST)27 APR 2018

That's some fightback from the Korean!

15:46 (IST)27 APR 2018

Lee adds two more points to close the gap further

8-12

15:44 (IST)27 APR 2018

Suddenly, a shift in momentum here as Lee finds a lot of courage to take three points on the trot!

6-12

15:43 (IST)27 APR 2018

It's pretty much a matter of time for Saina!

12-3 now

15:42 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina stretches her lead to 12-2 now

15:39 (IST)27 APR 2018

It's a massive 11-2 lead for Nehwal going into the mid-game interval.

15:38 (IST)27 APR 2018

Lee now trails 1-10

15:38 (IST)27 APR 2018

Lee is finally on the board!!

1-9

15:36 (IST)27 APR 2018

Three more quick points go the Indian's way!!!!

She is up 8-0

What a start this has been to Game 2

15:34 (IST)27 APR 2018

And she adds yet another point to make it 5-0

15:33 (IST)27 APR 2018

It's 4-0 to the CWG gold medallist

15:33 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina picks up from where she left.

Blazing start to Game 2 as she opens up a 3-0 lead.

15:31 (IST)27 APR 2018

It took Saina some time to figure out how to counter her opponent but once she did, she stamped her class!

15:29 (IST)27 APR 2018

First game goes to Saina Nehwal!

21-15

15:29 (IST)27 APR 2018

And Saina now has a host of game points!

20-15

15:28 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina is now up by three points!

18-15

Showing her class and experience!

15:26 (IST)27 APR 2018

The determined Lee evened the score at 14-14 but Saina has broken away from the tie since then to build a 16-14 lead

15:24 (IST)27 APR 2018

FOUR POINTS IN A ROW FOR THE FORMER BRONZE MEDALLIST AS SHE SNATCHES THE LEAD TO GO UP TO 14-13

15:24 (IST)27 APR 2018

AND SAINA STORMS BACK INTO THIS GAME!!!!!

13-13

15:22 (IST)27 APR 2018

No change in the gap.

Lee up 13-10 over Saina

15:22 (IST)27 APR 2018

It's still a three-point advantage for the Korean shuttler as she leads 12-9

No signs of any nervousness as of now

15:20 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina pulls back one point on resumption and now trails 8-11

15:19 (IST)27 APR 2018

But Lee is again in the driver's seat as she takes hold of three fast points and goes up to 11-7 at the mid-game interval.

15:18 (IST)27 APR 2018

Two more points go the Indian's way and she is now behind by just one point at 7-8

15:16 (IST)27 APR 2018

And, Saina pulls back a couple of points and makes the gap  5-8

15:16 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina is having some trouble reading the Korean now. It is understandable given this is their first meeting. 

15:15 (IST)27 APR 2018

And she keeps peppering the court with her attacking shots. With two quick points, she builds an 8-3 lead.

15:14 (IST)27 APR 2018

It's 6-3 to the Korean currently, who is looking in control of the early proceedings

15:13 (IST)27 APR 2018

Once more Lee looking a bit comfortable and takes a 5-3 lead

15:12 (IST)27 APR 2018

And the CWG champion levels it pretty soon!

3-3

15:11 (IST)27 APR 2018

Lee is now up to 3-1

15:11 (IST)27 APR 2018

Saina is on the board but she trails 1-2

15:10 (IST)27 APR 2018

First point to Jang

15:10 (IST)27 APR 2018

Good afternoon! The match is about to begin

13:36 (IST)27 APR 2018

The 38th edition of the Asia Badminton Championships is currently underway in China. The tournament, which is taking place at the Wuhan Sports Centre Gymnasium, will pay out a total prize money of 350,000 dollars and will award the participants with valuable points for their respective BWF rankings.

India's Saina Nehwal will play her quarterfinal match against South Korean Lee Jang-Mi.

Saina Nehwal has reached the quarterfinal if the Asia Badminton Championship without dropping a game so far in the competition. Nehwal beat Singapore's Yeo Jia Min in the first round by a score of 21-12, 21-9. She then went on to beat China's Gao Fangjie 21-18, 21-8.

Lee Jang-Mi didn't reach the quarters as easily as Saina. Both her matches took three games to conclude. Lee beat fourth-seed Ratchanok Intanon in the second round.

Nehwal will look to build on her CWG Gold medal by claiming the top prize here as well. But before that, she will have to beat an in-form Lee Jang-Mi.
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