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Badminton Asia Championships 2018, Women's Singles, Semifinal: Saina Nehwal vs Tai Tzu Ying, Live Match Updates

Tai def Nehwal 27-25, 21-19 to enter the final.
Updated: 28 April 2018 15:25 IST - Published: 28 April 2018 13:04 IST
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Goodbye!
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India's campaign at the Badminton Asia Championships thus ends with two medals. Both Nehwal and HS Prannoy finish with bronze medals.
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She was so close in both games, had four game points in the first game! This will be a massive encouragement for Nehwal as she embarks on other battles in the rest of the season.
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Tai's title defense continues, but WHAT A FIGHT THAT WAS FROM SAINA!!!!!!!
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Saina sends the shuttle wide!

Tai def Nehwal 27-25, 21-19 to enter the final.
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It did land in!

Match point to Tai
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Tai's shot apparently landed in and Saina challenged
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Saina's shot goes out!

19-19
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Tai's shot just caught the edge, Hawkeye confirms.

Tai trails 18-19

Tense times!
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A resilient Saina is looking very, very pumped up!!

Saina has built a two-point lead at 19-17
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It's 17-17


Saina is pretty determined to take this to the decider
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Tai's errors havent been allowing her to have a firm grip on this game.

Saina is making the most of those opportunities.

15-15
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Saina grabs two quick points here and moves closer to 13-14
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Tai is looking to establish her control of this match now.

13-9 to Tai
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Tai grabs an 11-9 lead at the midgame break.
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Saina inches closer to levelling this.

Just one point behind at 9-10
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Beautiful drop from Tai and then Saina sends the shuttle wide.

It's 10-8 to Tai
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It's 7-7 presently
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Now it's Tai's turn to make errors.

6-6
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Saina had beautiful control so far but finally the stoic Saina breaks down and makes a loose error.

Tai 6-4
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Saina is making Tai work really hard.

4-4
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Still nothing to separate the two.

3-3
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It's 2-2 in the initial stages of Game 2
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Can Saina sustain that level in Game 2?
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Saina gave absolutely EVERYTHING in those last few points!!!!!!
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And Tai has got the game!

27-25


WHAT A GAME THAT WAS!!!!!!
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Now 4th game point to Tai

26-25
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Stunning half smash from Tai!

25-25
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Fourth game point to Saina!

25-24
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Tai forces Saina to make an error!

What a game!

24-24
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Now Tai sends the shuttle long!
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It's 23-23

Wow!
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Tai produced a drop from the backhand and Saina couldn't reach the shuttle.

Tai 23-22
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It's 22-22
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And Saina saves it 
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The shuttle brushed off the tape and landed on Saina's side
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Tai got a game point but dumped the shuttle into the net.

21-21
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Tai saved with a wondrous shot that landed on the line
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Saina attacked the Tai backhand and forced her to make an error.


20-18 to Saina
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A pumped up Saina races ahead to 19-17
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Saina snatches the lead at 18-17
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An aggressive Saina makes it 17-17
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What a crosscourt smash from Saina!

16-16
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And it is all level!

15-15
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She gets another two points through accurace placement.

14-15
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Saina kept the clears going to push Tai deep and finished with a deft touch at the net.

Saina 12-15

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It's 15-10 to Tai presently.
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Saina is pushing the shuttle to every corner to keep Tai on the run.

She gets a point.

8-13


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Saina is now making Tai move all over the court and got two points.

7-11
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It's 11-5 to Tai going into the midgame break.