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Live Score French Open Badminton 2018 | Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara | Commentary & Results

Nehwal def Okuhara 10-21, 21-14, 21-17 in 72 minutes to enter quarter-finals.
Updated: 25 October 2018 21:00 IST - Published: 25 October 2018 18:25 IST
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Earlier in the day, Kidambi Srikanth too reached the quarter-finals.

And later tonight, PV Sindhu will be in action as she aims to join Saina and Srikanth in the last-eight.

Sindhu's match is expected to be around 10.15pm IST.

We'll bring you live updates from that match too.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda.
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What a comeback that was from the Indian!

She beats Okuhara in Denmark and now in Paris as well!!!!
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Final score: Nehwal def Okuhara 10-21, 21-14, 21-17 in 72 minutes to enter quarter-finals.
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This is Saina's second consecutive win over Okuhara in as many weeks.
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And Saina WINS this!!!!!
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Four match points for Saina but Okuhara saves one.
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It's 19-16 for the Indian now.

Two more points needed to win this!
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Saina up 17-14 now
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Okuhara won't be going away anywhere until and unless she gives it her all.

At the Korea Open, she came back from 4 match points down.

So Saina cannot afford to relax if she wants to win this.


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Saina wins another rally and this time she goes up further to 16-12
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This is a test of Saina's fitness and patience now.

She has so far passed the test with flying colours!

Can she keep doing it till the end?


She is up 15-12
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Now Okuhara is trying to increase the rallies and impose her game in an attempt to come back.

Saina is still up 13-9
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Okuhara added a point after the break.

Trails 8-12 now
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It's 11-7 for Nehwal at the midgame interval.
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10-7 now for Saina!
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It's 9-6 for Nehwal 

Clearly she is keen to repeat the things she did last week.
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So far, she has been able to maintain her lead as well as her composure 

She is now ahead at 8-5
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Will she be able to hold on to it?
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Saina is taking steps to build a small lead and put pressure on Okuhara.

Saina 6-4
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It's soon all level at 3-3
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In the decider, Okuhara has a slender lead of one point.

2-1
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And Saina makes the comeback complete!

Takes the second game 21-14 and sets up a decider!
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Game points galore for the Indian!

20-12
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It's 19-12 for Saina now
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2 more points for the Japanese here as she looks intent on making life tough for Saina.

How long can she carry on the comeback attempt?

Okuhara trails 12-18 now
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Currently Saina is passing every test that the Japanese is subjecting her to.

Saina 18-10 now
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Saina has been to keep herself calm despite the huge pressure of playing such a feisty opponent who refuses to give up.

Saina leads 16-8 now
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It's 14-7 for Saina now.

Still looking pretty dominant!
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It's a couple of quick points for Saina after the break as she continues to turn around this clash.

Up 13-6 now
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It's 11-5 for Nehwal at the midgame interval.
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Six points in a row for Nehwal!

What a turnaround!

Up 10-4
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It's 8-4 for Saina now as Okuhara has simply lost her precision.
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Three quick points for the Indian as she looks to build a streak here.

Saina up 7-4
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This is highly competitive now.

They are evenly poised at 4-4
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And she adds another point to go up to 4-2
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Okuhara is fighting back but Saina is still ahead at 3-2
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Saina has a mini lead of one point in the second game.

Up 2-1
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Saina pulled back two more points but it was definitely not enough to subdue Okuhara.

The Japanese takes the first game 21-10.
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10 points separate the two now.

Okuhara up 18-8
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But Saina can't keep the fightback going much longer.

With three quick points, Okuhara surges to 17-8
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Both are trying to blunt each other's attack.

The pace has thus slowed down.

Okuhara still up at 14-8
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After the break, she adds a couple of quick points to go up further to 13-6
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It's 11-6 for Okuhara at the midgame interval.
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It's 10-5 now for Okuhara!
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And 9-3 it is!

Saina is falling behind!


Okuhara surely has revenge on her mind after last week's loss. Saina too won't give up.
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Saina got another point but Okuhara soon added three more points to extend her lead to 8-3
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The rallies are already long and tiring!

Okuhara up 5-2
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And the match has started!

Early momentum with Okuhara as she opens up a 4-2 lead.