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Saina Nehwal loses 21-18 21-19 to Maria Ulitina Live Score, Rio Olympics 2016: Live score updates

Saina Nehwal 18-21, 19-21 Maria Ulitina
Updated: 14 August 2016 19:01 IST - Published: 14 August 2016 17:05 IST
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All hopes now rest on the hands of PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth who will be competing later today

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For those wondering why Saina is knocked out, the rule is simple: The players had to win both their respective group matches in order to progress. Ulitin had beaten Lohaynny Vicente, the other member in this group, in straight games 21-13 21-13. And by defeating Saina today she has progressed through to the Round of 16, while Saina has been eliminated.

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Let's hope that the Indian recovers quickly and comes back as a much stronger player soon.

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Who would have thought this would transpire at the start of the Olympics. One of the biggest contenders for a medal, unable to reach event the Round of 16.

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Credit to Ulitina, she kept the pressure on the Indian at all points and ensured that she never ran away with the game at any point.

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Okay. Trying to get my breath back, as I type. We have seen one of the biggest upsets in Rio 2016, with the World number 61 vanquishing the World number 5 and 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Saina in straight games. 

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Saina is KNOCKED OUT OF RIO 2016. Massive upset.

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Nervous faces in the crowd

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Match point for Ulitina with that superb cross court hit

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What an error from Ulitina! Service error makes it 19-19

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Fine jump smash from Ulitina! She is two points away from knocking Saina out

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What a lovely smash game from Ulitina. 

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Poor judgment from the Indian! 18-17 in favour of Ulitina

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This is now crunch moment.

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The match is on a knife's edge at the moment.

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Attack all the way from Ulitina, she is back on level terms. 17-17

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A drive from Ulitina makes it 17-17

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On the line. That's superb play from Saina. Fine rally ends with a good hit that lands straight on the other end. 17-15.

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Fast smash from Saina. Ulitina unable to return and 16-15 in favour of the Indian.

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Good net play from Saina. Back in the lead 15-14

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The crowd is vociferously backing Saina

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What a cross court smash from Ulitina, Saina had no answers to it. 14-13

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What a hit from Ulitina! 

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Saina gets one point back. 13-13

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Nervy moments indeed for the Indian, this is not going according to plan. Ulitina leads 13-12

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Some anxious faces in the crowd as Saina battles her way in the second game

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Vimal Kumar is watching the proceedings from the sidelines.

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Perfect judgement from Ulitina, watches it land wide. 12-11

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Good smash by Saina, right on the body. 12-10

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At the interval in the second game, Saina Nehwal leads by 11-10.

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Ulitina tries to smash it back, but finds the net instead.

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Saina is pumped up as Ulitina makes that unforced error! 10-10

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These aren't the kind of errors that one usually associates with Saina

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Ultina had lost the balance, but Saina squanders the position to score another point. 

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Saina requires more of that.

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Much better from Saina, boshes a smash down the line. 9-9

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Well wide from Saina. This is not looking very promising. 

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Saina unable to return that long hit from Ulitina! 8-7

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Lovely net play from Ulitina and then lobs one behind, too good for Saina

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Another smash into the net. Saina cannot build some momentum. 7-7

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Nervy,nervy stuff this!

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Superb jump match from Ulitina! 6-5

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Ulitina jumps up, and then smokes that smash. Brilliant

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What a superb underarm winner from Ulitina! She leads 5-4

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Ulitina displaying very good skills there, and catching Saina off-guard.

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Back on level terms, Ulitina brought that one down. 4-4

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Unusual from the Indian!

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An unforced error from Saina! 4-3

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Bad judgement from the Indian! That was in! 4-2

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Saina leads 4-1