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New Zealand Open 2018, Men's Singles Quarterfinal: B Sai Praneeth vs Niluka Karunaratne, Live Match Updates

Sai wraps it up 21-7, 21-9 in just 28 minutes!
Updated: 04 May 2018 11:43 IST - Published: 04 May 2018 11:00 IST
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And that brings us to the end of this live coverage. Do join us during the live coverage of Sameer Verma vs Lin Dan, which will be in sometime.
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That was a show of brutal domination from Sai. He never relinquished control and absolutely stamped his authority throughout the match.

Sai thus advances to the semi-finals.
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Sai converts on his second match point and wraps this up 21-7, 21-9 in just 28 minutes!!
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One match point saved
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12 match points for the Indian!

20-8
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19-6 now

Sai needs 2 more points for the win
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It's 18-6 now
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17-6 to the Indian at present
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Sai is racing towards the finish line now!
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16-5 for the Indian now
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14-4 now after the Sri Lankan gets another point.
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No stopping Sai, who has looked in control of this match right from the start!
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It's 13-3 now for the Indian.
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11-3 to Sai going into the midgame interval
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Third point for the Sri Lankan in this game.

He now trails 3-9
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Sai adds a couple more points to lead 8-2
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6-2 in favour of the Indian presently
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Sai is up 5-1
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Karunaratne gets a point here.

1-4
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Just like the first game, Sai is steadily building a big lead.

3-0
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Sai has simply picked up from where he left.
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It's 2-0 to the Indian in Game 2
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Sai wraps up the first game 21-7
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Sai has 14 game points now.

20-6
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12-point advantage for the Indian!

18-6 
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And the momentum is firmly with Sai yet again.

It's 17-5 to the Indian
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Sai doesn't give him any chance to build a rhythm and makes it a 15-5 lead
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Yet another point for the Sri Lankan and he now trails 5-14
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The Sri Lankan stops the Sai march and pulls back a couple of points.

4-13
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Sai adds 2 quick points after the break and extends his lead to 13-2
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Sai heads into the midgame interval with an 11-2 lead
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The Sri Lankan gets another point to trail 2-10
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It's 10-1 in Sai's favour
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Karunaratne is finally on the board!

1-8
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And 8-0 as well
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What a start for Sai!

He leads 7-0
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6-0 to the Indian
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And it's 5-0
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Points are coming fast to Sai!

4-0
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It's 3-0 to the Indian
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Sai makes a strong start and leads 2-0
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First point to Sai Praneeth
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The match is about to begin!
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Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the New Zealand Open. Today, World No. 18 B Sai Praneeth will take on Niluka Karunaratne of Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal of men's singles.

Earlier, Sai Praneeth  had sailed through the first round, beating Israel’s Misha Zilberman 21-11, 21-19. Then, he needed just 46 minutes to see off World No. 42 Daren Liew 21-18, 21-17 in the pre-quarters. 

The Indian fifth seed today takes on World No. 129 Niluka Karunaratne. Sai should not have much of a problem in making it to the semis but the Lankan can prove to be a tricky customer. It promises to be an exciting contest. Stay tuned.