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Saina Nehwal vs Beiwen Zhang, Live Badminton Score and Updates, China Open Super Series 2017 Round 1

Nehwal def Zhang, 21-12, 21-13 to enter the second round.
Updated: 15 November 2017 10:58 IST - Published: 15 November 2017 10:21 IST
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Later in the day, PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy will be in action.

Prannoy won't be on the court before 5.15pm IST and Sindhu is even later at 6.45pm IST.

We shall be bringing you live coverage of both these matches. Stay tuned. 
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What a performance that was! Saina didn't even give Zhang any chance to challenge her.

She stamped her class throughout the match! She came, she saw, she conquered!

That's the kind of confidence-boosting performance she needed before a second-round meeting with Akane Yamaguchi, who has accounted for her the last two times they met. 
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Final score: Nehwal def Zhang, 21-12, 21-13 in 30 minutes to enter the second round.
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Saina needs just one to convert.....she takes it, 21-13
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And she gets to match points and that too, SEVEN of them! 20-13
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The 2014 champion is just two points away from a win...19-13
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18-11 is the lead currently for the Indian national champion.
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It's all Saina at the moment...she has cruised to 17-9 now
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Saina stops her march immediately and adds two points to her kitty...14-9
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Once more the American makes an impressive start on resumption. She quickly snatches a couple of points and now trails 9-12.
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At half-time, Nehwal has gone up to 11-7.
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The three-point advantage still remains....she is up 10-7
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But Nehwal knows when to impose herself and she does EXACTLY that! She surges ahead to 8-5.
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The former champion went up 4-2 but the American came storming back to level things at 4-4
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Zhang seems to be a lot more determined to make a fight out of this.
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The second game is much more competitive right now....Saina only marginally ahead at 3-2
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SECOND GAME

Zhang bagged the first point but Nehwal soon makes it 1-1
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Nehwal grabs the first game, 21-12.
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EIGHT GAME POINTS for Saina..20-12
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Saina is now 2 points away from grabbing the opener...she is up 19-11
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Saina accelerates here and builds a five-point gap once again....she is ahead 15-10
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It is getting closer.....Saina now ahead 12-10
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The American has reeled off two consecutive points on resumption. Zhang now trails 8-11.
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At the break, Nehwal leads 11-6
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It is 10-5 for the Indian now