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Saina Nehwal vs Lohanny Vicente Live Score, Rio Olympics 2016: Live score updates

Saina Nehwal beats Lohaynny Vicente: 21-17, 21-17
Updated: 11 August 2016 21:36 IST - Published: 11 August 2016 20:23 IST
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After a nervy start in both the games, Saina upped her game, particularly after the interval mark. Lohaynny put up a brave fight in front of a packed house that was cheering for her. In the end, the experience of the former number 1 proved to be too much for her, and the Indian is off the mark in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She next faces Marija Ulitina of Ukraine on Sunday.

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Some really smart play by Saina at the end of the first game and mid-way through the second, but she'd have wanted to put a little more distance between herself and her opponent. Still, Lohaynny was playing in front of a packed crowd cheering every point she won, so Saina did well to block that out and do her job. All said and done, this is a decent start to the Indian's campaign!

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A cross court smash finishes things off for the Indian! Credit also to Lohaynny who put in a fine effort

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Blasts a cross-court smash, too powerful for Lohaynny.

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Thats it! 21-17 in the second game! Saina off to a winning start!

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Lohaynny fakes a smash and then drops it with precision. 

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20-17! Getting a bit interesting here

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Lohaynny not giving up yet. Can she stretch this match to a third game?

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Overhead shot from Saina, but too long!

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Lohaynny stretching it a bit here! 20-16

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Lohaynny saves one! 20-15

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And the challenge goes Saina's way! Turns out it wasn't bad judgment from her after all.

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This has been a very good performance from Saina after a nervy start in both games.

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6 match point chances for Saina

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Long call, Saina challenges the baseline call. 

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But it's a challenge!

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19-15!

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Bad judgment again from Saina, and Lohaynny celebrates with vigour. Too close for comfort for the Indian?

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Saina smashes one even as a drop was norm all through. Top stuff from the Indian ace!

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Blasts a smash down the line, no answers to that one from Saina!

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A very tired-looking error from Lohaynny, and the writing seems to be on the wall for her right now.

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19-14! Almost there

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This game is again getting a little closer than Saina would've liked, but she looks the firm favourite to win the match.

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18-14!

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17-14! 

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Four points away from a win!

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17-13!

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Lohaynny will not go down without a fight. Superb display from the Brazilian. 

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16-13

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Lohaynny is now looking rather frustrated, waving her racquet in exasperation and looking to the crowd for help. But it doesn't seem like she has much left in the tank to hold off the hard-charging Indian.

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But just about! Saina looks good to win here

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16-12! Lohaynny staying in the game

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Saina gaining momemtum again, five points away from her first win in two months.

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Cross court drop shot from Saina. Beautiful!

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16-11! 

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15-11

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Lohaynny keeps striking back whenever Saina threatens to pull away. Win or lose, she's given a very good account of herself today!

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14-11!  4 straight points for Lohaynny and suddenly things interesting again

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The Indian is really making use of the court exceptionally well to move Lohaynny into uncomfortable positions. This second game is turning out to be a masterclass!

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A lovely disguised smash from Saina. Classy!

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Once again, Lohaynny pegs her back! 14-10

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The Indian is now getting some momentum, after a nervy start she has managed to build the lead. 

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14-9

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Saina has established a healthy lead again here. It's tough to imagine her losing from this point.

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This is now a commanding lead for Saina! 14-8

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A second consecutive point for Saina! 13-8

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Excellent reflexes from Saina to win her 1st point after the break.

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12-8! Saina wins her 1st points after the interval

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The crowd is showing its appreciation for this late charge from Lohaynny, and she in turn seems to be drawing energy from them. Saina is having to fight both her opponent and the crowd here!

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Not the ideal start for Saina after the break. Three straight points for Lohaynny