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Saina Nehwal vs Akane Yamaguchi Live Score and Commentary Malaysia Open First Round

Akane Yamaguchi beats Saina Nehwal, 19-21, 21-13, 21-15
Updated: 05 April 2017 13:43 IST - Published: 05 April 2017 12:39 IST
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Saina obviously needs a lot of work mentally to get back to where she was. 
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FINAL SCORE: Akane Yamaguchi beats Saina Nehwal, 19-21, 21-13, 21-15
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Yamaguchi wins it, 21-15
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FIVE match points for Yamaguchi at 20-15
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2 points for the Indian now....still trails 15-18
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18-13 for Yamaguchi
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16-13 for Yamaguchi....time is running out for Nehwal!
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It is now 15-13 for the fourth seed.
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In a mirror image of the second game, the Japanese is building on her lead again as Saina's game seems to have gone quiet for a while....14-12.
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Now the Japanese inches ahead to 13-12.
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It is 12-12....the rallies have definitely become longer and more gruelling.
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3 points on the trot for the Indian....12-11.
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After the break, a pumped-up Saina comes back to even the game, 11-11
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Yamaguchi pockets two points to build an 11-9 lead at half-time.
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And it is 9-9 now
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Saina now trails 8-9....tight, tight contest
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2 points on the trot for Saina to cut the lead to 7-8.
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And she extends the lead to 8-5.
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The diminutive Japanese is standing tall at the moment....she leads 7-5.
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The two are tied at 5-5
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Saina LEVELS at 4-4. Can she continue now?
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It's four straight points for the Japanese as she leads 4-2 now.
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Will it be a repeat of the second game or has Saina learnt from her mistakes?
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And just like the previous games, Yamaguchi has come back to make it 2-2.
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THIRD GAME

Saina opens up a 2-0 lead.
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Wow! That was some comeback by the German Open champion! Took the game away from her illustrious opponent.
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Yamaguchi takes the second game, 21-13.
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20-13 with SEVEN game points.
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It is 19-13 now for the fourth seed.
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It is 18-12 for the Japanese.
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And now the Japanese has built a big lead at 16-12. Saina seems to have lost the plot for a while.
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Again Yamaguchi is upping her intensity and attack. She goes up 14-12.
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After four consecutive points by the Japanese, Saina takes a point to make it 12-12.
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Yamaguchi takes 3 points on the trot to level it at 11-11.
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The rallies are getting longer. Of course, the young Japanese is trying to tire out the Indian. She now trails 10-11.
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At half-time, Saina leads 11-8.
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It is 10-7 now for the unseeded player.
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But Saina has been cautious and has extended her lead just when things were getting too close. She is up 9-7.
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Yamaguchi is trying to come back here and has reduced the gap to 5-6.
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It is 6-3 now
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It is 5-2 now for the Indian.
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And now Saina is playing some quick, fiery points to go up to 4-2. She is taking no chances here!
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SECOND GAME

It is 1-1 to start off things!
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Nehwal takes the first game, 21-19
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Yamaguchi saves one!!
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Yamaguchi gets one point but the Indian pockets a vital point to have two game points in hand at 20-18
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Can the diminutive Japanese catch up?
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Saina takes two quick points to race ahead to 19-17
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17-17 now
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And once more the former World No. 1  has the advantage at 17-16