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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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