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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?

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The Indian is trying her best to reduce the deficit and so far, she has been successful. She now trails 9-11.

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Nehwal's joy is short-lived. Cheung is beginning to assert her game here very much like the first game. The local hope has now taken six points on the trot to surge to 11-7.

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For the first time in this match, Nehwal has a two-point lead over her rival as she jumps to 7-5

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Nehwal has settled into this match. A gritty battle continues and the two are currently locked at 4-4.

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GAME 2

Saina started by going up 1-0 but soon saw it getting erased as Cheung came back for 2-1

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Cheung is looking extremely sharp at the moment and her movement has been fantastic. Saina really needs to derail her by making her move more.

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Oozing confidence, Cheung quickly reached game points and converted one to take the one-sided opener, 21-8

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And it is a ten-point gap now with Saina trailing 8-18.

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Saina is beginning to cut down the big lead even though it is still a long way to go. The Indian now trails 6-15.

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Saina finally gets a point to make it 4-14 as Cheung's shot lands long. But the local hope is very much in the driver's seat so far.

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This is fabulous display from Cheung. Using sharp angles to keep her shots placed in the deep corners of the court, she has put Saina off-balance for most part of this first game. Currently, Cheung is up 11-3

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The Hong Kong shuttler is using elevated shots to keep the Indian uncomfortable. The tactic is working as she has now raced to 5-2 before extending it to 8-3.

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Cheung is exploiting Saina's movement and has opened up a 3-1 lead.

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Saina has a 1-0 head-to-head record over her quarter-final opponent - the World No. 26 Cheung Ngan Yi and will hope to extend that record further when the two meet today.

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For Saina, this is just her second tournament since knee surgery. Both her wins in this tournament so far came in three games. Suffice to say that the former World No. 1 is growing in confidence with every match.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Sportskeeda Liveblog of the Hong Kong Open Superseries quarter-finals. If India's Saina Nehwal wins this match she will meet her compatriot PV Sindhu in the semi-finals and the two will fight it out for the eighth spot at the World Superseries Finals at Dubai.