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India Open 2018, Quarter final: Saina Nehwal vs Beiwen Zhang, Live Match Updates

Zhang wins 21-10, 21-13
Updated: 02 February 2018 20:41 IST - Published: 02 February 2018 18:27 IST
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And that wraps up our live coverage of the 2018 India Open quarter-finals. Thanks for staying with us.

Do join us tomorrow as we bring you live updates from the semi-finals of the 2018 India Open.

Goodnight!
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Saina hardly had any energy left in the tank for a fightback. Seems playing two weeks in a row really did take a toll on her. She still has a lot of work to do on her physical strength.
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SAINA NEHWAL IS OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT!!
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Zhang adds FOUR QUICK POINTS TO WRAP UP THIS MATCH

21-10, 21-13
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And Zhang has moved up to 17-13
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Saina's shots are very slow at the moment. Zhang taking advantage of her lack of pace of shots and her lack of foot speed.

It's 15-11 to Zhang
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Very tired looking shots from Nehwal

10-14
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Zhang still has her nose in front at 12-10

Is time running out for Saina here?
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Zhang comes up with a great smash down the line going into the mid-game interval.

11-9
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An EXCELLENT DROP FROM SAINA!!!!!


9-9
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But she still continues to be patchy and that has helped the American build a lead of 9-7
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Saina takes the lead at 7-6 and screams!

That is the Saina we know!
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And she HAS LEVELLED THE GAME!

6-6
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The support getting louder at the stadium as the Indian gets a vital point.

4-5
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Saina is now trying her best to keep the shuttle away from the net but she ultimately ran out of energy in the long rally.

Trails 3-5
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It's 3-1 to the American.
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It's 2-0 to Zhang in Game 2
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The crowd is trying to do their bit to wake up the champion in Nehwal.

Can she turn this around in Game 2?

Let's find out.
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Zhang OUTCLASSES Nehwal in the first game

21-10
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Zhang quickly reaches game points!

20-10
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Saina goes for a smart half-volley that outfoxes the American.

Saina now trails 9-18
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The difference is of 10 POINTS now!

6-16 Nehwal trails
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It's 14-5 to Zhang

Saina still struggling to find out a way to impose her game
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Again Zhang outfoxes Nehwal at the net and goes into the mid-game break with a lead of 11-5.
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It's Zhang's time to spray errors!

She still has a healthy lead of 10-5
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Zhang constantly making Saina bend at the net and go back to the backcourt.

Currently, Nehwal playing to Zhang's terms

3-9 she trails
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It is the same way in which she had troubled Nehwal at the PBL 2018
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Zhang is really troubling her by drawing her to the net
7-2
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She grabs 2 quick points.

2-6
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A huge roar in the stadium as Nehwal gets on board at 1-6
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It's 5-0 to Zhang
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A string of errors from Saina and she trails 0-3
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The match is under way!

First point to Zhang
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The players are warming up.
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Good evening! The players are on court now. The match will start soon.
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Welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of women's singles quarter-finals of the India Open featuring Saina Nehwal at the Siri Sports Complex, New Delhi. 

Saina made the last-eight stage with minimal effort, as she notched up a 35-minute 21-12, 21-11 win against Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt. 

Saina takes on fifth seed Zhang Beiwen, in what will be her fourth career meeting with the American. The Indian has maintained a clean slate so far, having beaten Zhang on every one of the previous three occasions that they have clashed. The most recent of the meetings was at the China Open, last November, where Saina had blanked Zhang 21-12, 21-13.

A similar result is expected in today's quarter-final as well.