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Denmark Open 2018 Women's Singles: Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live score & Updates | 19th October 2018

Nehwal def Okuhara 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 in 58 minutes to enter the semi-finals.
Updated: 20 October 2018 01:33 IST - Published: 19 October 2018 22:07 IST
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Final score: Nehwal def Okuhara 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 in 58 minutes to enter the semi-finals.
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Nehwal has beaten Okuhara after suffering three consecutive losses.

She is through to the semi-finals of the Denmark Open.
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And Saina Nehwal has WON the match!!!!
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The points are coming freely for the Indian now.

18-10 now
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Okuhara is also looking a bit tired.

But let's not take any credit away from the Indian. Saina's tremendous mental strength is showing here.

Saina up 15-9
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It's 13-6 for Nehwal now.

Okuhara looks slow and unsure of her movement.
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It's 11-3 for Nehwal at the midgame interval.
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It's a huge seven-point lead for the Indian!

10-3
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Okuhara hasn't been able to get back her sharpness.

It's 7-3 for Saina
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It's 2-2 in the decider!
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Saina takes the second game 21-16.

We are into a decider!
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Okuhara has simply lost her focus now.

It's 19-15 for Saina
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And Saina steadily increasing her lead!

She is up 15-12
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This game has become very, very competitive ever since the Japanese lost her precision.

Nehwal is up 13-12
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Suddenly a flurry of errors from the Japanese's racquet!

It's 10-10
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Okuhara is now dictating the terms!

Making Saina move on her terms!

She is up 8-6
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Okuhara has since seized control and has gone up to 7-4
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Nehwal opens up a 2-1 lead in Game 2
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Okuhara gets the job done!

Takes the first game 21-17.
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Okuhara now has a host of game points at 20-15
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Okuhara stops Saina in the tracks and is now up 18-12
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Suddenly, Saina looks pumped up and is egging herself on!


Gets three more points!

Saina trails 12-15
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Saina has been able to take the next two points as well.

However, the Japanese still is way ahead at 15-9
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Saina gets one point back at the net, but she still is in in a disadvantageous position.

Saina trails 7-14
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Okuhara is very much in control of the proceedings here.

Okuhara up 11-6 at the midgame interval.
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It's 8-4 to Okuhara now
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Saina trying to take control of the net but Okuhara looks too strong at the moment.

Saina trails 3-6
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Saina is finally on the board!

1-3
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Okuhara opens up a 2-0 lead
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The blockbuster match is under way!
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Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda live coverage of the Denmark Open 2018 women's singles quarter-finals. It's Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara!

What a blockbuster quarter-final we have on the cards! Nehwal leads their head-to-head record 6-4. But it is the Japanese who won their last three encounters, including an epic at the Korea Open just last month. Saina had four match points in that match but failed to close it out. Can she avenge that defeat?

Saina had to dig deep in the first round against Cheung Ngan Yi and then had a huge win over the second seeded Akane Yamaguchi. That must have boosted her confidence. And she will hope to use that to get the better of Okuhara tonight.