Saina Nehwal vs Haruko Suzuki, Thailand Open quarterfinals - As it happened

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJun 02, 2017 17:07 IST

Final score - Saina 21-15 20-22 21-11 Suzuki


17:07 (IST)2 JUN 2017

That's all from us today! See you tomorrow for the live coverage of the semifinals of the Thailand Open which will feature two Indians - Saina Nehwal and Sai Praneeth.

17:06 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina moves into the semifinal of the competition and will face Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand for a spot in the final. 

17:03 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It's all over! Despite missing out on a match point in the second game, Saina hits back in style to wrap up the deciding game. The match ends in favour of the Indian at 21-15 20-22 21-11!

17:01 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Nine match points for the former world number one.

16:59 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It should be smooth sailing for Saina now, as she makes it 18-11.

16:58 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina maintains her four-point lead as we head towards the finish line. It's 15-11!

16:55 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It's 14-10 now in favour of Saina. Will she hold on?

16:53 (IST)2 JUN 2017

We're past the hour mark now and Saina leads 12-9 in the third game.

16:52 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina goes into the interval with a three-point lead. 11-8 in the decider!

16:51 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Suzuki is fighting back! 9-8!

16:49 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It's 9-6 to the Indian now!

16:47 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It's 8-4 in favour of Saina now. Can she extend her lead further?

16:45 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina reels off three points in a row to take a 5-3 lead.

16:44 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It's 2-2 in the decider so far.

16:39 (IST)2 JUN 2017

WE'RE GOING INTO A DECIDER! Suzuki saves a match point to force a third game at 22-20.

16:39 (IST)2 JUN 2017

The Japanese shuttler claws her way back and has a game point chance at 20-21.

16:38 (IST)2 JUN 2017

We're into sudden death now at 20-20.

16:38 (IST)2 JUN 2017

No, she can not! 

16:37 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina with a match point opportunity! Can she convert it?

16:36 (IST)2 JUN 2017

The next two points could decide the outcome of the match.

16:36 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It's 19-19 now! 

16:35 (IST)2 JUN 2017

We are entering the crucial stages of the second game now. It's locked at 18-18.

16:34 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Suzuki came up with a three-point blitz but Saina fights back. 17-17!

16:30 (IST)2 JUN 2017

As we approach the end of the second game, it is still up for grabs for either shuttler to win. 15-14 in favour of the Indian.

16:28 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It is neck-and-neck stuff as the Japanese overtakes the Indian.  

16:25 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It is the Indian who will go into the break with a slender lead. 11-10 to Saina.

16:22 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Even stevens after 16 points. 8-8!

16:19 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Both shuttlers are trading blows. 5-5 in the second game.

16:16 (IST)2 JUN 2017

A tight start to the second game. Saina leads 3-2.

16:12 (IST)2 JUN 2017

FIRST GAME TO SAINA! From 19-10, Suzuki has picked up four points in a row. But it is not enough as Saina takes the game with six points to spare.

16:08 (IST)2 JUN 2017

18-10 in favour of Saina now. She should see this game through comfortably from here.

16:06 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina is five points away from taking the first game. 16-9!

16:04 (IST)2 JUN 2017

The Japanese shuttler wins three points in a row but Saina halts her run and is now up 14-7.

16:02 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina enjoys a nine-point lead in the first game at 13-4.

16:00 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina goes into the interval with a commanding 11-3 lead.

15:57 (IST)2 JUN 2017

The Indian continues to build on in the first game. She has opened up a 7-1 lead.

15:54 (IST)2 JUN 2017

A strong start by Saina, as she takes the first three points.

15:51 (IST)2 JUN 2017

It will be Saina who will start proceedings. She serves to start the match.

15:49 (IST)2 JUN 2017

The players have arrived on the court. The match will start in a minute or so.

15:45 (IST)2 JUN 2017

The American third seed takes the victory and enters the semifinal.

15:29 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Zhang picks up the first game 21-18.

15:16 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina's match is the next one lined up on Court 2. The ongoing match is between Beiwen Zhang and Pornpawee Chochuwong is in its first game.

12:17 (IST)2 JUN 2017

Saina Nehwal will look to book a place in the semifinals of the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold 2017 today as she takes on Haruko Suzuki in the last eight of the competition.

The Indian has won her two matches so far quite convincingly and will be hoping for the same today. In the first round, she defeated Slovakia's Martina Repiska in straight games, before handing out the same treatment to Ying Ying Lee yesterday in the Round of 16.

Suzuki, on the other hand, starts as the underdog in this encounter. Ranked 132 in the world, the Japanese shuttler came through the qualifying rounds to enter the main draw and has reached the quarterfinals after two hard-fought three-game victories against Fabienne Deprez of Germany and Supanida Katethong of Thailand.

This will be the first meeting between the two and it is the Indian who is the favourite to enter the final four of the competition. The action begins at 4 PM IST and you can follow live updates and commentary here on Sportskeeda! Stay tuned!  
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