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Hong Kong Open 2018 Badminton Live: Saina Nehwal vs Akane Yamaguchi Live score & Updates | 14th November 2018

Akane Yamaguchi has beaten Saina Nehwal 10-21, 21-10, 21-19 in 52 minutes to enter the second round
Updated: 14 November 2018 17:04 IST - Published: 14 November 2018 15:28 IST
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Akane Yamaguchi has beaten Saina Nehwal 10-21, 21-10, 21-19 in 52 minutes to enter the second round.
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It's now the Japanese who is marginally ahead at 19-18
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It's highly competitive now!

17-17
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Saina levels this at 16-16
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With three points in a row, the Japanese goes into the lead again at 15-14
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Now Saina is steadily increasing the gap between the two.

Saina up 14-12
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And what a turnaround! Saina leads 11-10 at the mid-game interval
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Yamaguchi has managed to separate herself and lead 10-8
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SAINA HAS DRAWN LEVEL!!!!!!


8-8
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But Yamaguchi still manages to inch ahead to 8-6 and have a lead of two points!
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And Saina is FIGHTING BACK!

With two more points, she now trails 5-6
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In the decider, the Japanese is once more ahead at 6-3
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And Yamaguchi has taken this game by the exact same scoreline - 21-10
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Yamaguchi has gone up further and Saina is fighting desperately to get back into contention

Saina 7-18
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Saina takes 3 points after the break but the gap is still huge!

Yamaguchi leads 14-4
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Yamaguchi is 11-1 ahead at the mid-game interval.
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Yamaguchi is now ahead at 8-1 as Saina gets on the board!
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6-0 to Yamaguchi
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Now it's Yamaguchi's turn to dominate and she is doing it how!

The Japanese opens up a whopping 5-0 lead in Game 2
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Saina has bagged the first game 21-10
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10 game points for Nehwal!

20-10
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The pace of the game has slowed down a bit.....yet Saina is far ahead at 18-10
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It's 17-9 for the Indian at present
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And two more points come Saina's way! She is now ahead at 16-7
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Saina has picked up from where she left...with three more points she races further ahead to 14-7
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What a comeback this has been from the Indian! Can she continue this even after the break?
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It's an 11-7 advantage for Nehwal at the mid-game interval.
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SAINA GOES UP TO 10-7 NOW
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THIS IS AN AGGRESSIVE SHOW FROM THE INDIAN NOW!!!!!

SHE TAKES THREE POINTS ON THE TROT TO RACE AHEAD TO 8-5
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SAINA HAS DRAWN LEVEL TO MAKE IT 5-5
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AND SAINA IS FIGHTING BACK!!!!!

SHE TAKES THREE POINTS AND NOW TRAILS BY JUST ONE POINT AT 3-4
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And the Japanese takes yet another point!

She is up 3-0
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And the match has started!

It's 2-0 to Yamaguchi!