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Saina Nehwal vs Anura Prabhudesai, Live Badminton Score and Updates, Senior National Badminton Championships 2017 Semi-finals

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedNov 07, 2017 16:35 IST

Nehwal def Prabhudesai 21-11, 21-10 to enter the final.

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16:35 (IST)7 NOV 2017

That was a great performance from the two-time champion.

We now turn our attention to the men's singles where Srikanth Kidambi takes on Lakshya Sen. You can follow it LIVE here:

16:33 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Final score: Nehwal def Prabhudesai 21-11, 21-10 to enter the final.

16:33 (IST)7 NOV 2017

This time Saina gets the win by sending the shuttle to the corner. 

21-10 it is

16:32 (IST)7 NOV 2017

But Saina sends the shuttle long.

20-10

16:32 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Match points for Saina

16:31 (IST)7 NOV 2017

A weak reply to an overhead smash by Anura.

She now trails 9-19

16:30 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Totally in control of the proceedings now.

Saina leads 17-9

16:28 (IST)7 NOV 2017

What a great touch by Saina...just lets the shuttle float to the other side.

She is now ahead 14-8

16:26 (IST)7 NOV 2017

A few easy points for Anura, who now trails 8-11

16:24 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Saina has an 11-5 advantage at the break.

16:24 (IST)7 NOV 2017

What a sharp crosscourt smash from Saina!!!!!

The 2nd seed inches ahead to 10-5

16:22 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Bad judgement from Anura. Saina's shot lands on the backline and she is up 7-4

16:21 (IST)7 NOV 2017

With schoolchildren screaming and shouting for Saina, she goes up to 6-4

16:20 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Wow! What deception by Saina. She leads 5-3

16:19 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Crosscourt smash by Anura to make it 3-3

16:19 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Superb placement by Saina to advance to 3-1

16:18 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Second game


Saina is up 2-0

16:16 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Saina takes the first game, 21-11 with a crosscourt drop.

16:15 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Anura finds a good smash that lands on the backline.

11-20

16:14 (IST)7 NOV 2017

A superb drop from Saina to reach game points at 20-10

16:13 (IST)7 NOV 2017

19-10 for the two-time champion 

16:12 (IST)7 NOV 2017

And now she is rocketing to the finish line. It's 16-10 now

16:11 (IST)7 NOV 2017

It's a four-point gap now with Nehwal leading 14-10

16:11 (IST)7 NOV 2017

But her good work is undone by errors. They send Saina up to 14-8

16:10 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Anura makes a spirited start after the break and trails 8-11

16:09 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Anura falters at the net and Saina goes up to 11-6 at the break.

16:08 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Anura finds the lines to get a couple of points back.

She trails 6-9.

16:07 (IST)7 NOV 2017

9-3 is the lead now for the 2nd seed

16:06 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Big smash by Saina to go up to 8-3

16:05 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Anura gets one point back by putting the shuttle into the corner.

3-5

16:05 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Since then, Saina has seized control and has built a 4-2 lead

16:04 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Great shotmaking from Anura, who leads 2-1

16:03 (IST)7 NOV 2017

The match is under way!

1-1

15:57 (IST)7 NOV 2017

The players are on court now.

15:57 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Good afternoon. The match will start shortly.

12:56 (IST)7 NOV 2017

Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the 2017 Senior National Badminton Championships semi-finals. Second seed Saina Nehwal takes on fifth seed Anura Prabhudesai for a place in the summit clash.

The two have never met on the international circuit. While Saina is currently ranked 11th, Prabhudesai is 146th. The 19-year-old is one of the upcoming talents and reached the final of the Mauritius International in June.

She battled hard in her pre-quarter-final match against qualifier, Tanishq M and needed three gruelling games to book a spot in the last-eight. The quarter-final was an easier affair and she ran away in the second game against qualifier, Saili Rane.

She needs to play as much error-free as possible for she faces a formidable opponent in Saina Nehwal. The former World No. 1 has been a two-time champion at the National Championships and is yet to drop a game in this edition. Saina has looked very impressive and pretty determined to try and get that third crown at the Nationals.

Experience-wise, Saina is miles ahead and she is expected to come through this easily. Nehwal would like to remain as fresh as possible before tomorrow's final where things could get tricky.
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