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Saina Nehwal vs Cheung Ngan Yi Live Scores and commentary, Hong Kong Open Quarter-finals

Updated: 25 November 2016 17:36 IST - Published: 25 November 2016 15:59 IST
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That wraps up our live coverage of the women's singles matches at the Hong Kong Open Superseries. Hope you enjoyed. For the live coverage of the Indian men's singles matches, follow here.

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Saina may have lost today but the effort she up very much shows she is on the right path to recovery and it is just a mater of time before she returns to the top echelons where she used to belong once! Such an admirable show!

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And with that loss, the final spot for the Dubai World Superseries Finals goes to PV Sindhu.

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Full score: 21-8, 18-21, 21-19 win for Cheung

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There will not be any Saina vs Sindhu match anymore!!!

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The second match point proves lucky for the local hope as Saina is unable to return her shot. 

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Nehwal saves the first one for 19-20. Can she save the other?

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But she can't stop her opponent from racing away to 20-18 with two match points in hand.

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Once more, the former World No. 1 is fighting back and is now 18-19

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Error at a crucial juncture gives Cheung relief and she gets a chance to extend her lead to 19-17

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Nehwal is now 17-18. The comeback is TRULY ON!!!!!

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And the Indian takes another vital point for 15-18. Just 3 points separate them now!!!!

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One the comeback trail, the Indian has now reduced the deficit to 14-18

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After Cheung raced ahead to 18-11, Saina finally stops her opponent's uninterrupted run of points and makes it 12-18

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On resumption, Saina took a point for 11-11 but since then it has been Cheung all the way who has nudged ahead for 14-11

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Cheung came back impressively to make it 10-10 before taking another vital point for a half-time lead of 11-10

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Cheung has raised her level and is being aided by Nehwal's errors as well. The big difference has vanished and Saina is ahead only marginally 9-8.

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The Indian has gone up 6-3 and then maintains the lead for 7-4.

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GAME 3

Saina needs to be careful not to concede early errors here. She has taken a slim lead of 4-3 here.

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And the 2010 champion Nehwal also has 2 game points of which she converts her first one for 21-18

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Nehwal looks to have the taken the wind of Cheung's sails and is now up 19-17

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After the tournament referee's intervention for a disputed call, Nehwal is looking more free and is now up 18-17

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Saina went up 16-14 but a superb angular jump smash from Cheung followed by a Nehwal error helped the local hope to come back for 16-16.

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Saina's fitness is being thoroughly tested here. Showing her guts and determination, the Indian is now breathing down Cheung's neck. She trails 13-14.

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And the Indian has come back to level 11-11 through some very smart play. How long can she continue?