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Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin, Live Badminton Score and Updates, Japan Open Super Series 2017 Round of 16

Marin wins 21-16, 21-13
Updated: 21 September 2017 15:35 IST - Published: 21 September 2017 11:11 IST
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That wraps up our liveblog for the day. Do join us tomorrow as we bring you live coverage of the quarter-finals.

Till then, goodbye.
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Only Indians to make the 2017 Japan Open quarter-finals are Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy and the mixed doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra.
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And with that, there is no Indian left in the women's singles draw anymore. Earlier, Sindhu crashed out to the world champion Nozomi Okuhara.
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Saina was able to keep it close in the first game. In the second, Marin cruised through after a bit of initial resistance from the Indian.
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Full score: Carolina Marin beats Saina Nehwal, 21-16, 21-13
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Marin wraps it up 21-13
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It's 19-13 for the southpaw
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Marin goes up to 17-13 and is within sniffing distance of the finish line
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Marin establishes her control and and Saina struggling 
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6-6

Turning out to be a mirror image of the first game
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We are back to 4-4
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4-3 for the Indian
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Saina takes a mini lead of 3-2
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SECOND GAME

1-1
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And the Olympic champion grabs the opener, 21-16
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20-16 for Marin with four game points in hand
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Marin is taking points freely now....19-15
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This time the momentum is with the Spaniard....17-15 she leads
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And so it continues with the two ladies not ready to leave any inch of space for the other....15-15
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And just like before, we are back to level terms...14-14
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Marin trying to claw her way back.12-14
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14-10 for the Indian at present
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Saina is the one who looks more in control of the proceedings at the moment.....13-9
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Nehwal takes an 11-9 lead going into the interval
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Saina has the lead for the first time in this match.....10-9
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And...no surprise there as it is still all level at 9-9
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Such a gritty game this is.....8-8
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Nehwal storms back for 7-7
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Marin keeps her two-point lead intact..7-5
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And the southpaw builds on it for 6-4
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The Olympic champion inches ahead to 5-4
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Not much to separate the two...4-4
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It continues to be even....3-3
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Saina levels it at 2-2
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Marin makes a bright start and leads 2-1
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The players are on court and the match is about to start!
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Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's coverage of the Japan Open Super Series 2017! In this live blog, we will bring to you the Round of 16 clash between two of the biggest names in the world of badminton -- Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin, which promises to be one high-quality encounter.

The Indian, who is ranked number 12 in the world, will face off against one of her biggest rivals and will be in good nick after a routine win in the opening round. Nehwal hardly broke any sweat yesterday as she defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 21-17 21-9 to move into the last 16.

The reigning Olympic champion, Marin too had a strong start as she overcame Chinese shuttler Chen Xiaoxin to enter the second round. 21-11 21-11 was the final score as the Spaniard set up a clash with her long-time rival.

In their head-to-head, it is Nehwal who has a slender 4-3 advantage. Their last meeting though, was all the way back in June 2016 at the Indonesia Open, where it was Marin who won in straight games.

Stay tuned as we bring to you the latest updates from the game!
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