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Saina Nehwal vs Akane Yamaguchi, Live Badminton Score and Updates, China Open Super Series 2017 Round 2

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedNov 16, 2017 11:17 IST

Yamaguchi def Nehwal, 21-18, 21-11 to enter the quarter-finals

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11:17 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Defending champion PV Sindhu is now the only Indian left at the 2017 China Open. She plays her second round match later today.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for live coverage of her match.

11:16 (IST)16 NOV 2017

It was a good fight from Saina in the first game but Akane just imposed her game throughout the second and never relinquished control. Saina found it difficult to read her deceptions and ultimately looked tired and clueless.

11:12 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Final score: Yamaguchi def Nehwal, 21-18, 21-11 to enter the quarter-finals.

11:11 (IST)16 NOV 2017

And Yamaguchi takes it, 21-11

11:11 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Akane goes up to match points.

20-11

11:11 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina pretty much clueless now.

Yamaguchi up 18-11

11:10 (IST)16 NOV 2017

And it's a FIVE-point advantage for Akane now as Saina fades away further.

16-11 Akane leads

11:08 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Time running out for the Indian.

She trails 10-14

11:07 (IST)16 NOV 2017

And Akane goes up further to 13-9

11:06 (IST)16 NOV 2017

12-9 is the lead for Yamaguchi now

11:04 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Yamaguchi up 11-8 at the mid-game interval

11:03 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Yamaguchi goes up to 10-7

11:03 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina still finding Akane's deceptions troublesome....finding it difficult to read and anticipate them.

She trails 6-9

11:01 (IST)16 NOV 2017

It is 8-5 for the fifth seed now

11:00 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina got two points back but Akane still looking very comfortable.

7-4 is the lead for the Japanese

10:59 (IST)16 NOV 2017

It's 6-2 for Yamaguchi

10:58 (IST)16 NOV 2017

And the Japanese has built a 4-2 lead

10:57 (IST)16 NOV 2017

SECOND GAME

Yamaguchi using her deceptions well to take a 3-2 lead

10:55 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Wow! What fighting spirit and determination from the Japanese!

She trailed for 80% of the game, yet managed to come back in the end and pocket the first game!

10:54 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Yamaguchi bags the first game, 21-18.

10:53 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Game points for Yamaguchi.

20-18

10:52 (IST)16 NOV 2017

There's a shift in momentum as Akane now snatches the lead from Saina and goes up to 19-18

10:50 (IST)16 NOV 2017

It's 17-17 as Akane levels it up.

10:50 (IST)16 NOV 2017

And the game has become a pretty intense one.

Saina leads, albeit only barely, 17-16

10:48 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina once more grabs the advantage and goes up to 15-13

10:47 (IST)16 NOV 2017

13-13

10:46 (IST)16 NOV 2017

The two continue to be even as the game becomes a tight one.

12-12

10:45 (IST)16 NOV 2017

It's 11-11 as Yamaguchi comes back with a bang after the break.

10:43 (IST)16 NOV 2017

WHAT A POINT!

Saina inches ahead to 11-9 at the mid-game interval.

10:42 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina maintains her two-point lead.

10-8

10:40 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Yamaguchi pegging Saina back but the Indian still managing to wrest back control every time.

8-6 she leads

10:38 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina now leads 6-5

10:37 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina still has the control in the early stages.

5-3

10:36 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Nehwal keeps her nose in front.

4-2

10:35 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina makes it 3-1 and looks very pumped early on.

10:35 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Nehwal surges to 2-1

10:35 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina takes the first point.

10:32 (IST)16 NOV 2017

The players are on court and the match will begin shortly.

00:48 (IST)16 NOV 2017

Saina Nehwal, fresh from her National Championships victory, will have to be at her best if she is to ensure her place in the last eight of the China Open Super Series Premier. The Indian will be up against the formidable Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, who is the fifth seed in the draw and ranked number four in the world. 
 
The Indian, who is a former World No. 1, had a comfortable outing in the opening round as she recorded a comfortable 21-12 21-13 victory against USA's Beiwen Zhang. Yamaguchi too, sailed through her first round encounter as she defeated China's Chen Xiaoxin 21-12 21-14. 
 
The Japanese starts as the favourite in this Round of 16 match, given her dominant run over Saina over the last year. She enjoys a 3-1 lead in their head-to-head with Yamaguchi winning the last three matches, all of which came in 2017 -- in Malaysia, Denmark and France. 
 
Stay tuned as we bring to you the latest updates from the match!
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