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

Final score - Saina 21-15 20-22 21-11 Suzuki
Updated: 02 June 2017 17:07 IST - Published: 02 June 2017 16:55 IST
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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.
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Saina moves into the semifinal of the competition and will face Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand for a spot in the final. 
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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!
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Nine match points for the former world number one.
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It should be smooth sailing for Saina now, as she makes it 18-11.
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Saina maintains her four-point lead as we head towards the finish line. It's 15-11!
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It's 14-10 now in favour of Saina. Will she hold on?
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We're past the hour mark now and Saina leads 12-9 in the third game.
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Saina goes into the interval with a three-point lead. 11-8 in the decider!
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Suzuki is fighting back! 9-8!
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It's 9-6 to the Indian now!
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It's 8-4 in favour of Saina now. Can she extend her lead further?
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Saina reels off three points in a row to take a 5-3 lead.
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It's 2-2 in the decider so far.
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WE'RE GOING INTO A DECIDER! Suzuki saves a match point to force a third game at 22-20.
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The Japanese shuttler claws her way back and has a game point chance at 20-21.
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We're into sudden death now at 20-20.
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No, she can not! 
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Saina with a match point opportunity! Can she convert it?

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The next two points could decide the outcome of the match.
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It's 19-19 now! 
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We are entering the crucial stages of the second game now. It's locked at 18-18.
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Suzuki came up with a three-point blitz but Saina fights back. 17-17!
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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.
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It is neck-and-neck stuff as the Japanese overtakes the Indian.  
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It is the Indian who will go into the break with a slender lead. 11-10 to Saina.
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Even stevens after 16 points. 8-8!
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Both shuttlers are trading blows. 5-5 in the second game.
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A tight start to the second game. Saina leads 3-2.
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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.
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18-10 in favour of Saina now. She should see this game through comfortably from here.
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Saina is five points away from taking the first game. 16-9!
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The Japanese shuttler wins three points in a row but Saina halts her run and is now up 14-7.
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Saina enjoys a nine-point lead in the first game at 13-4.
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Saina goes into the interval with a commanding 11-3 lead.
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The Indian continues to build on in the first game. She has opened up a 7-1 lead.
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A strong start by Saina, as she takes the first three points.
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It will be Saina who will start proceedings. She serves to start the match.
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The players have arrived on the court. The match will start in a minute or so.
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The American third seed takes the victory and enters the semifinal.
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Zhang picks up the first game 21-18.
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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.
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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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