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Indonesia Masters 2018, Quarter-final: Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu, Live Match Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJan 26, 2018 14:20 IST

Nehwal def Sindhu 21-13, 21-19 to enter SFs

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14:20 (IST)26 JAN 2018

That's it from all of us at Sportskeeda for now. Thanks for staying with us.

Do join us later in the day when we bring you live coverage of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty's quarter-final match.

Goodbye!

14:19 (IST)26 JAN 2018

That was a great game of badminton and an absolutely memorable way of celebrating Republic Day for Indian fans!

Let us hope this inspires Saina to try and get the title!

14:16 (IST)26 JAN 2018

As for Sindhu, she did try in the second game and looked in control for quite some time as she played fast and aggressive points. But she just allowed Saina to come back and play a brilliant tactical game of offense and defense that ultimately broke down Sindhu. And whatever little chances Sindhu had, she squandered them all due to errors.

14:13 (IST)26 JAN 2018

WHAT A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE THAT WAS FROM SAINA NEHWAL!!!!! That performance surely validates the fact that she IS WELL AND TRULY BACK!!!!!


Moving better, thinking better and most importantly, she is employing all the right tactics to blunt an attacking player's aggressive game!

This will surely stand her in good stead as the season progresses!

14:11 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Final score: Nehwal def Sindhu 21-13, 21-19 to enter SFs

14:10 (IST)26 JAN 2018

But on the third match point, Sindhu SENDS THE SHUTTLE LONG!

SAINA WINS!

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And she saves another match point

19-20

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Great backhand volley from the 2nd seed!

18-20

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THREE MATCH POINTS FOR SAINA

20-17

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And another point to Sindhu

17-19

14:08 (IST)26 JAN 2018

19-16 now

Can Sindhu come back?

14:08 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Saina's defence is super strong and her anticipating skills are just excellent at the moment!

Up 19-15

14:07 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Sindhu pulls one back


15-17

14:06 (IST)26 JAN 2018

BIG 'COME ON' FROM SAINA!

She has outwitted Sindhu again!!!!!

17-14

14:05 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Sindhu is just error-prone now

Trails 14-16

14:05 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Change of shuttle....can that help Sindhu?

14:04 (IST)26 JAN 2018

WHAT A RALLY! BOTH LADIES BENDING OVER!


Sindhu ends with a forehand into the net!

15-14 to Saina

14:03 (IST)26 JAN 2018

LOOK AT THAT FROM SAINA!

Brilliant rush to the net to finish with a powerful smash and she is so, so pumped up!

14-13 to Saina

14:02 (IST)26 JAN 2018

But she keeps the court open for Sindhu's forehand crosscourt smash!

13-13

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Saina takes the lead!

13-12

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Saina targeting smashes right at Sindhu's body whenever she is getting the chance

12-12

14:00 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Sindhu having to use her backhands a lot and that is NEVER EVER GOOD FOR SINDHU

It is all even

11-11

13:59 (IST)26 JAN 2018

This is way too close now!

What a thrilling second game!

13:59 (IST)26 JAN 2018

But Sindhu manages to take a mini lead of 11-10 at the mid-game interval!

13:59 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Service return error from Sindhu

10-10

13:58 (IST)26 JAN 2018

And yet another on the forehand side

And Saina now trails by a point!

9-10

13:57 (IST)26 JAN 2018

One down the line winner and Saina says 'Come on!'

She can feel she is just starting to do the right things!

8-10

13:56 (IST)26 JAN 2018

And it is a THREE-POINT GAP!

7-10

Can Saina come back?

13:56 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Sindhu up to 10-6

13:56 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Saina relying more on her netgame now to take the game away from Sindhu....but she can't keep her errors at bay in her urgency.

13:55 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Backhand drop from Saina and she makes it 5-9

13:54 (IST)26 JAN 2018

It's 8-4 to the World No. 3

13:54 (IST)26 JAN 2018

7-3 to Sindhu


Looks in control now

13:53 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Saina missing the down the line shots as well

3-6

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And Saina falls apart now!

Trails 3-5

13:52 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Furious pace and that is exactly what you expect from Sindhu after she lost the first game!

Lob and she makes it 3-3

13:51 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Saina comes up with a big body smash!

3-2

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Sindhu trying to increase the pace but Saina still has the slender advantage

2-1

13:50 (IST)26 JAN 2018

1-0 to Saina

13:49 (IST)26 JAN 2018

But they are changing sides now. Will that bring a change of fortunes?

Let's find out in Game 2.

13:49 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Saina plays absolutely tactically when she meets Sindhu....she just knows how to keep Sindhu away from playing her naturally aggressive game.

And Sindhu struggles a lot due to that.

13:48 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Another forehand smash right into the net from Sindhu!

First game to Saina

21-13

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SEVEN GAME POINTS TO SAINA

20-13

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And she now trails 13-18

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Sindhu replies with a pinpoint crosscourt smash off her backhand!


12-18

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One smash from Sindhu makes it 11-18

13:45 (IST)26 JAN 2018

Again the backhand of Sindhu lets her down

10-17

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And Saina makes the mistake of feeding to Sindhu's pace...Sindhu loves pace


Sindhu gets a point...trails 10-15

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And she surges to 15-9

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Yet another error from the 2nd seed!

Saina up 14-9
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