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Korea Open 2018: Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Quarter-finals, Live Score and Match Updates

Okuhara saved four match points to beat Nehwal 15-21, 21-15, 22-20 on her way to the semi-finals.
Updated: 28 September 2018 16:38 IST - Published: 28 September 2018 15:12 IST
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Saina was the better player for most of the match. It's the difference in age and stamina that did her in eventually.

Kudos to Okuhara for showing a lot of belief even when she was staring at defeat.
 
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That's the end of India's campaign at the Korean Open
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Okuhara showed her tremendous stamina and fighting spirit in the end to take the match away from Saina.
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And Okuhara wins!!!!!!

She saved FOUR match points and converted her first match point to get the win!
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It's gone as well!

20-20
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3 match points gone!

Can she take the fourth?
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Saina is blocked by the net!

20-19
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The shuttle goes wide from Saina.

18-20
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One big smash from Okuhara

17-20
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Saina remained steady and went up to match points.

20-16
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Okuhara rushed into the net to finish one point and pushed the shuttle into the net.

Down 14-18
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But, just as I write, Okuhara takes two points through some attacking play.

Trails 13-16
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Saina looks to have a grip on the playing conditions now. Okuhara looks more confused and unsure at the moment
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It's 16-11 to Nehwal currently
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Okuhara took two quick points on resumption but Saina has wrested back the momentum here.

She is up 13-10
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It's 11-8 to Nehwal at the midgame interval.
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2 more attacking points for Saina now!

9-5
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It's 7-5 to Nehwal presently as she has managed to hold off Okuhara successfully so far
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Saina much faster, sharper and more alert now.

Playing more aggressively.

She is up 5-2
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And she gets another point to make it 3-1
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Nehwal is up 2-1 in Game 3
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Okuhara takes the second game 21-15

We have a decider here!
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It's a host of game points for Okuhara at 20-15
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The rallies have expectedly become longer as Okuhara looks to have got back her confidence.

She is making Saina move from corner to corner.

Okuhara up 16-10


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It's 14-9 to the Japanese.

She looks to have settled into this match and moving a lot better now
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A lot more accurate and better defense from Okuhara gives her three points.

Okuhara up 10-7
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And Saina has grabbed the lead now!


8-7
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It's 6-6
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Saina is fighting back now. But Okuhara and s clearly moving better than the first game now.

Saina trails 5-6
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And the Japanese does hold on to her two-point lead to make it 4-2
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It's a 2-1 lead for Okuhara in the second game
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Saina takes the first game 21-15
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One great slice shot from Okuhara

She reduces the gap to five points.
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Game points for Saina!

20-12
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Managing to keep the shuttle out of reach of Okuhara with smart angles.

She is up 19-12
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Saina isn't allowing the Japanese to play her natural defensive game much.
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Saina is now up 17-12
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Okuhara is lacking in precision at the moment and Saina is making the most of it
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Saina going for great angles and deft touches.

She is up 14-10
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Saina takes an 11-9 lead going into the mid-game interval.
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And it is 9-9!!!

Okuhara will never give up without a fight!!!!
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This is a very, very tight contest now!

Saina still has her nose in front with a 9-8 lead!!!!!
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THREE POINTS IN A ROW FOR THE INDIAN NOW!!!!!


SHE NOW LEADS 7-6
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And the Japanese makes it 6-4
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But Okuhara quickly goes up to 5-3 by adding a couple more points!
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Saina fights back to take two points on the trot

2-3
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Okuhara builds a 3-0 lead
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And we are off!
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Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda live coverage of the Korea Open quarter-finals. Nehwal has a tough encounter against the former world champion Nozomi Okuhara.

Nehwal leads their head-to-head record 6-3, but it is the Japanese who has won their last two meetings in three games. This one too is expected to be a tight contest!