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Malaysia Masters 2017: Saina Nehwal vs Yip Pui Yin semi-finals live commentary and match updates

Saina Nehwal beats Yip Pui Yin, 21-13, 21-10 to enter the final.
Updated: 21 January 2017 19:10 IST - Published: 21 January 2017 18:16 IST
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That wraps up our live coverage of the 2017 Malaysia Masters for today. Hope you all enjoyed it. Do join us tomorrow for the final. Goodbye!
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That was quite a statement from the former World No. 1. She is very much near to her best now. It is just a matter of time before she claws her way back to the top echelons again!
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Wow, Saina reaches the final of her first tournament of the new season.
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Saina Nehwal is INTO THE FINAL OF THE MALAYSIA MASTERS!!!!!!
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Yin's return lands long and SAINA WINS, 21-13, 21-10
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20-10 with 10 match points
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It is 19-10 for Saina
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Yin finds her shot blocked by the net and it is 18-10 for Nehwal.
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Yin can't capitalize on her chances. Her high shot drops in the tramlines. Saina is now up 16-9
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A couple of errors from Saina's racquet and the gap has been reduced to 14-8.
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Nehwal is thoroughly intimidating her opponent here. Up now 14-6.
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Wow! What a fabulous inside-out forehand smash! Saina is now up 11-5 at the break.
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A few errors have crept into Saina's game and have allowed the Hong Kong shuttler to reduce the deficit to 5-8.
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With yet another huge smash down-the-line Nehwal has surged to an 8-3 lead.
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Sizzling Saina is in full control at 6-0.
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A big crosscourt forehand slice and Nehwal is now cruising, 4-0.
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GAME 2

Nehwal is in full attacking mode! She opens up a 2-0 lead.
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With a huge smash, the Indian takes the first game, 21-13 over the World No. 30.
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Yin is looking listless and has pretty much run out of ideas! It is 19-13 for Saina.
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Yin is not able to keep pace with the Indian now. Saina is racing through the game now. Up now 17-13.
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Great smash and lead is extended to 14-12.
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Wonderful defence from Nehwal and she is back in the lead at 13-12.
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The stadium is reverberating with chants of 'Saina, Saina'.
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A fiery shot directed to Yin's backhand and Saina has closed the gap to 11-12.
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Saina errs on return and the lead is 12-9.
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It's 11-9 for Yin at the mid-game interval.
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Big come on from Nehwal and she is now trailing 9-10.
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Big smash from Yin and she leads 10-8.
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Much to the delight of the crowd, Saina has made it 8-9.
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Great all-court movement from Saina. She has reduced the deficit to 2 points now at 7-9.
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After that blazing start, Saina has somehow gone off the boil a bit. There's no doubt that she will find a way to come back.
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Saina is struggling at the net at the moment and is trailing 5-8.
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Great drop from Yin and the World No. 30 goes up, 6-4.
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Yin has come up with some great play and has levelled at 4-4
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As errors continue to spray from Yin's racquet, Saina has raced ahead to 4-1.
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A great rally and Saina takes the point, 2-1.
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Yin takes the first point but Saina forces an error, 1-1.
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And we are under way!
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Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the 2017 Malaysia Masters semi-finals. Saina Nehwal is the top seed at this tournament and has looked good so far. She has won all three of her matches so far without dropping a game.

She faces the fifth seed Yip Pui Yin in the semi-finals, a player against whom she has a 6-2 head-to-head record.