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

Yamaguchi def Nehwal, 21-9, 23-21
Updated: 26 October 2017 20:01 IST - Published: 26 October 2017 19:07 IST
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That was a great fightback from Nehwal towards the end of that second game. She even held a game point. Unfortunately, mistakes crept up in her game right when she needed to be flawless.

That said, credit to Yamaguchi for playing a brilliant match and for holding her nerves even when the going got tough in the second game.
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Final score: Yamaguchi def Nehwal, 21-9, 23-21 in 39 minutes.
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This time, Akane converts! 23-21
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Saina's shot is blocked by the net...second match point for Akane..22-21
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AND SAINA SAVES!!!!!!

21-21
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Match point for Akane as Saina fumbles at the net.
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This time Saina missed the line after a brilliant rally...20-20
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GAME POINT FOR SAINA....20-19
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Saina finds the line.....19-19
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18-19 now
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She gets one back...17-19
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Can Saina come up with some magic at the last minute?
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It's 19-16 for Akane now.
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The Japanese is smartly moving Saina to the back of the court and while she is pinned there, Akane is coming up to the net to finish the point.
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Saina has reduced the deficit once again...16-17
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Nehwal now trails by 2 points....15-17
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Akane's drops keep coming out of nowhere and they are troubling Saina.....Akane leads 17-14
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And once more, Akane does not allow her build on her momentum and inches ahead to 16-14
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Again, Saina bags a couple of points to make it 14-15
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The 5th seed is now up 15-12
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But the errors do keep showing up in her urgency to win points....Akane goes up to 14-12
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A lot more aggression from Saina now and it has paid off...she now trails 12-13
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The Japanese stops her there and extends her lead to 13-10
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She pulls back yet another...10-12
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One good smash from the Indian....9-12
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It's still a four-point advantage for Akane...up 12-8
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11-7 for the Japanese at the mid-game interval.
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Unfazed, Akane still manages to widen the gap between them and now leads 10-7
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But the Indian has taken the next two points and now trails 7-8
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Yamaguchi has been lethal at the net as usual and Saina is struggling to read her shots.

The Japanese now up 8-5
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7-5 is the lead for the 5th seed now
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Akane is magically finding all the lines! She goes up to 6-4
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Yamaguchi inches ahead to 5-4
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And they are all level at 4-4 now
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Saina pulls one back as Akane struggles at the net...3-4
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Saina's errors are undoing her good work....the lead goes back to Akane....3-2
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All even at 2-2
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Saina leads 2-1...she is moving much better now.
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SECOND GAME

First point to Saina
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Yamaguchi takes the first game, 21-9
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It's a TEN-POINT advantage for Yamaguchi now...19-9
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17-9 is the lead for Yamaguchi now...she is looking strong
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Saina is still having trouble with anticipating Akane's shots.....the Japanese is ahead 15-9
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She pulls back another one....9-13
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A good drop from Saina...8-13
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Saina is now trying to move Akane all over the court but the fifth seed has all the answers.....12-7
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Yamaguchi has sailed to an 11-7 lead at half-time.
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Two more points for the Indian....she makes it 7-9
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Akane halts her comeback and has once more built a huge lead of four points...she leads 9-5