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Saina Nehwal vs Dinar Dyah Ayustine Live Score and Commentary Macau Open Second Round

Updated: 01 December 2016 11:49 IST - Published: 01 December 2016 10:35 IST
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And that's it from us, friends! Hope you enjoyed our live coverage. We shall be back tomorrow with the live coverage of Saina Nehwal's quarter-final match. Goodbye and have a great day.

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Every match is important for Saina at this stage as she needs to get back the feel of high-level competition again. She might be struggling and it is not unexpected given she is recovering from a surgery but as the matches wear on, she is also getting back her fighting spirit. And that is so good to see!

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Saina Nehwal thus moves into the quarter-finals where she faces World No. 224 Zhang Yiman of China.

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Full score: 17-21, 21-18, 21-12

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SAINA TAKES THE THIRD GAME 21-12 AND WINS THE MATCH!!!!!!!

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And she has EIGHT MATCH POINTS AT 20-12

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She is 2 points away from the win at 19-12 now!!!!!

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Saina is nearing victory! Up ahead 18-12 now!!

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Another point for the lower-ranked player who is now 12-17

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A long rally goes to Ayustine who trails 11-17 now

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The Indian is now 7 points ahead at 17-10

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Ayustine takes a point for 10-15

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And extends it to 15-9

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Nehwal inches ahead to 14-9

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Post-break, Saina still has the advantage at 12-9.

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At half-time, Nehwal is ahead 11-8.

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The World No. 50 now trails 8-10

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And Nehwal has gone up 10-7.

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Ayustine takes a point to close in on 7-9

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Saina goes up 9-6 now

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She still has a 2-point lead at 8-6

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Can she run away with the game now much like she did in the first half of the 2nd game?

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And she extends it to 7-5

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Saina has taken a slim lead of 6-5 here

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And they are locked at 5-5 now!!

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Hard-fought game already and Saina not giving up! She has come back for 4-4

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Ayustine nudges ahead to 4-2.

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And the Indonesian accelerates to 3-1 now

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Saina makes it 1-1 through some clever shotmaking

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GAME 3

Ayustine has jumped to 1-0

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Saina now needs to be careful not to concede an early string of errors.

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Saina levels it by taking the second game 21-18

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And she has TWO GAME POINTS at 20-18

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But Saina has applied brakes to the Indonesian's momentum and has gone ahead to 19-18

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And Ayustine has levelled it at 18-18

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It's a looong rally which goes in favour of Ayustine. She now trails 16-18

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Ayustine closing in through some splendid defence! She now trails 15-18

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And the Indian surges ahead to 18-12

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6-point lead for Saina!!!! She is up 17-11.

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And she extends it to 16-11 presently.

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Nehwal now up 15-10

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Once more, Ayustine manages to cut down the big lead for just a 4-point gap. Saina up 14-10.

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5-point lead for Nehwal. She is up 14-9

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Saina's defensive skills are on point today! She is up 13-8

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Saina needs to be careful here. Ayustine has come within 8-12 now.

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Rallies are getting longer and grittier now. The pace of the match has slowed down post-break. But Saina still has a healthy lead of 12-6

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But the Indian has wrested control again for 12-4

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After the break, Ayustine stops Saina's march for 4-11.

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11 points in a row for Saina from 0-3 down! That was FANTASTIC!!!

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Saina takes an 11-3 lead at half-time