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Denmark Open 2018 Women's Singles Final: Saina Nehwal vs Tai Tzu Ying Live score & Updates | 21st October 2018

Tai def Nehwal 21-13, 13-21, 21-6 in 52 minutes to win the Denmark Open
Updated: 21 October 2018 16:42 IST - Published: 21 October 2018 14:18 IST
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Tai might have won but what a valiant fightback that was from Saina in the second game! It showed flashes of the Saina of yore! The way she kept egging herself on shows that she has many more years still left at the top.
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Final score: Tai def Nehwal 21-13, 13-21, 21-6 in 52 minutes to win the Denmark Open
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Tai converts her first match point to get the win.
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It's 19-6 for Tai now
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Saina gets one point back.

Still trails by a huge 10-point margin!

6-16
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Very, very clever shots from Tai as she sends the shuttle to the backcourt and keeps Saina guessing.

It's all going in Tai's direction.its a 16-5 lead for Tai now.
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Saina has slowed down and is clearly fatigued now.
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Saina is trying to go for extra and is making mistakes in the process.

It's 13-3 for Tai
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Tai in a commanding position at the midgame interval.

Up 11-2
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The points are coming very easily for Tai now.

10-2
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Tai is now dictating the terms with ease!

She is up 7-2
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Tai has since wrested control.

Up 5-2 now
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The decider is under way and they are evenly poised at 2-2
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Saina has the second game!!!!!

21-13
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Another down the line smash and Saina has game points!

20-13
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Saina now body jamming Tai and she obliges.

Tai sends it wide.

Saina 19-12
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What a rally!

Tai was on her knees but Saina didn't manage to get the point, despite covering the net.

Saina is still comfortably up 18-11
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Saina doing a good job by varying the shuttle 


This time she goes for a down the line shot and draws an error out of Tai.

Saina up 18-10
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Saina looks really, really pumped up. Playing with so much aggression and is absolutely fired up.

Up 17-9 now
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It's a seven-point difference between the two as Saina goes up to 15-8
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Tai is steadily trying to lessen the gap between the two by varying the placement of the shuttle.

She now trails 8-12
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Tai looks a little rattled.

Saina up 11-5 at the midgame interval.
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Saina going for down the line smashes.

She is up 10-5
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Saina has kept her attack going and is doing a good job of suprising Tai.

She is up 9-4
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Tai loses another point through misjudgment

Trails 3-6
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Saina has the control in the early stages 


Up 5-2
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Tai stopped Saina's momentum by engaging her in a 41-shot rally.

Tai trails 2-3
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Saina makes a fast start to the second game and leads 3-1
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Tai has taken the first game 21-13
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Saina has taken a couple of points but Tai still manages to outfox Saina every time.

Tai up 18-13
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Saina again forced Tai into an unforced error but the World No. 1 has since recovered and has gone up to 16-11
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Tai makes one rare mistake trying to go for the lines!

Saina now trails 10-15
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What a rally!


Tai jumps at the net and pushes the shuttle with the flick of her wrist.

Tai up 14-8
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Body jamming smash from Saina!


Saina 8-11
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Saina gets a couple of points after the interval.
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It's 11-5 for Tai at the midgame interval.
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Saina rushes through the points and takes time away from Tai to get a point.

Saina 5-10
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The shuttle just keeps on landing within the baseline from Tai's racquet.

It's 8-3 for Tai
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Saina finally gets another point.

Tai still up comfortably at 6-2
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Saina is moving to every part of the court but still can't get the better of Tai.

Tai's defence has been outstanding and she has gone up to 5-1
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Saina is attacking right from the word go.

1-1
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And the match has started!
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As we wait for the match, read our detailed preview of this match here.
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda live coverage of the Denmark Open women's singles final between Tai Tzu Ying and Saina Nehwal. This is the second time that Saina has reached the final in Denmark, having won this tournament in 2012.

The 2018 Denmark Open also marks the second time this year that Nehwal has reached a final on the BWF World Tour. Incidentally she lost the final to none other than Tai at the Indonesia Masters in January, which is her only other BWF final this year, even though she did win the Commonwealth Games gold in between.

Saina has already lost four times to Tai this year and has a losing 5-12 head-to-head record against Tai. The odds are clearly against her but she can draw a lot of inspiration from her performance this week, where she accounted for both Akane Yamaguchi and Nozomi Okuhara. Tai might be the favourite but Saina will surely give it her all.