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Live Score French Open Badminton 2018 | Saina Nehwal vs Saena Kawakami | Commentary & Results

It's a 21-11, 21-11 win for Nehwal in 37 minutes.
Updated: 24 October 2018 18:34 IST - Published: 24 October 2018 12:20 IST
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Do join us tomorrow for live updates from the second round of this tournament.

Until then, it's a goodbye from all of us at Sportskeeda.
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Saina could come up against former world champion Nozomi Okuhara in the next round. And that would be a cracker if they do meet.

Nehwal beat her a week earlier in Odense. It will be interesting to see what happens in this match.
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Saina is through to the second round of the French Open, a week after reaching the final of the Denmark Open.
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It's a 21-11, 21-11 win for Nehwal in 37 minutes.
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She needs just one to convert!!!!!!


Saina has WON!!!!
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Nine match points for Saina now!

20-11
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Points are coming freely for her now.

18-10
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That's all Kawakami could do for once more Saina has taken the control of proceedings.

She is up 17-10
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Kawakami has suddenly got some fighting spirit 


She is trying her best to close in on Saina, but there is still a five-point gap.

Saina up 15-10
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Kawakami reduces the deficit by grabbing two points.

8-14 she trails
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A difference of eight points it is now between the two.


Saina up 14-6
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Right after interval, Saina comes back to add two quick points.

13-5 for Nehwal
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It's 11-4 for the Indian going into the midgame interval.
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A couple more points for Kawakami as she now trails 3-9
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This is the vintage Saina we know, one who has delighted millions of fans over the years!
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Kawakami managed a solitary point after that but Saina is simply looking invincible!

Up 7-1 now
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Kawakami just can't even get a point!


Saina 4-0
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Nehwal is simply too dominant in this duel!

She has opened up a 3-0 lead in the second game.
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First game goes to Nehwal!

21-11
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Nehwal now has nine game points!

20-11
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Saina is simply establishing a masterclass here!

18-10 now
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The gap between them is now of 9 points.

Saina ahead at 17-8
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15-7 now for Nehwal.


Hard to stop her when she is feeling so confident!
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After that Kawakami tries to build some momentum as she picks up two points


6-13
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Showing her terrific defense, Nehwal wins a long rally, extending her lead further 

13-4 she leads
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She picks up where she had left and gets another point straight after break.

12-4 now
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Kawakami fought back to take two points but it was not enough to dent Saina's confidence.

Saina up 11-4 at the midgame interval.
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Playing fast, attacking points, she adds a couple more points to her kitty and goes up to 9-2
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Saina still able to maintain her five-point lead over the Japanese.

Up 7-2 now
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Very strong start from Nehwal.

She has raced ahead to 6-1 now
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Saina pretty determined to keep her lead.

Up 3-1
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The Japanese is on the board now.

Trails 1-2
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And it begins!

Nehwal opens up a 2-0 lead.
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Can Saina Nehwal continue her good form from last week?

Let's find out.