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Saina Nehwal vs Mette Poulsen, Live Badminton Score and Updates, Hong Kong Open Superseries 2017 Round 1

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedNov 22, 2017 09:05 IST

Nehwal def Poulsen, 21-19, 23-21 to enter the second round

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09:05 (IST)22 NOV 2017

And this is only the start!

We'll be bringing you live coverage of PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy's matches as well, both of which are later in the day.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates.

09:04 (IST)22 NOV 2017

WOW! What a match it was!

What tremendous fighting spirit from both the ladies! In the end, it was Saina's sheer experience and resilience that shone though as she came back from a deficit in each game.

09:03 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Final score: Nehwal def Poulsen, 21-19, 23-21 in 46 minutes to enter the second round

09:02 (IST)22 NOV 2017

AND SHE DOES!

23-21

09:01 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Saina gets her SECOND MATCH POINT.

22-21

Can she close it out?

09:01 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Now it's Saina's turn to save!

She does it to level the game, 21-21

09:00 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Now Poulsen has a game point.

21-20 she leads

08:59 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Nehwal gets a match point but a resilient Poulsen saves it to make it 20-20

08:58 (IST)22 NOV 2017

And that is exactly what she does!

She storms back to take FOUR POINTS ON THE TROT AND LEAD 19-18

08:56 (IST)22 NOV 2017

18-15 advantage for the Dane.

Can Saina fight back and finish it off in 2?

08:54 (IST)22 NOV 2017

A brilliant Poulsen now goes up to 17-14

08:53 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Saina has now fought back to trail by just one point.

14-15

08:51 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen returns from the break, looking more hungry and rejuvenated.

Up 13-11 over Saina now

08:54 (IST)22 NOV 2017

At the break, Poulsen has a slender lead of 11-10

08:52 (IST)22 NOV 2017

They continue to be even. Still nothing much to separate the two.

9-9

08:50 (IST)22 NOV 2017

It's a highly competitive game now.

Tied at 7-7

08:48 (IST)22 NOV 2017

A long rally goes in favour of the Dane and we are back to 5-5

08:47 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Saina takes two points on the trot to have a 5-4 advantage

08:45 (IST)22 NOV 2017

It's all level at 3-3

08:40 (IST)22 NOV 2017

SECOND GAME

Saina jumps to a 2-1 lead.

08:41 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Saina bags the first game, 21-19

08:40 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Saina has a game point now.

20-19

08:40 (IST)22 NOV 2017

And Nehwal fights back yet again!

Was there ever any doubt?

19-19

08:39 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen once again wrests away the momentum from Nehwal and soars to 19-17

08:39 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen once again wrests away the momentum from Nehwal and soars to 19-17

08:37 (IST)22 NOV 2017

And Saina is BACK in this!

17-17

08:37 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen now has just a solitary point lead.

17-16

08:35 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Once more Nehwal showing her fighting skills here.

She makes it 15-16

08:35 (IST)22 NOV 2017

But Poulsen staves her challenge and goes up to 16-13

08:34 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Saina very much fighting back. Pulls back a couple of points and trails 13-14

08:32 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen ahead 14-11 now

08:32 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen maintains her three-point lead over the former champion.

13-10

08:29 (IST)22 NOV 2017

At the break, Poulsen has an 11-8 advantage

08:29 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen still is in control of this game.

She is up 10-8

08:27 (IST)22 NOV 2017

It's a 9-7 lead for the lower-ranked Dane

08:26 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Saina gets a couple of points back but the Dane still has the edge.

7-6

08:25 (IST)22 NOV 2017

Poulsen makes a brighter start and goes up to 6-4

23:42 (IST)21 NOV 2017

Welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the 2017 Hong Kong Open Superseries first round. 2010 champion Saina Nehwal faces World No. 44 Mette Poulsen of Denmark for a place in the second round. 

Saina is placed at the 11th position in the world rankings, 33 spots above her Danish opponent. This is their first meeting.

The tournament has a lot of significance for the former World No. 1. It's not just the title she is focussed on but a lot will depend on her performance here in terms of her qualification for the Dubai World Superseries Finals to be held next month.

This is Nehwal's last opportunity and she is mainly in contention with the World No. 10 He Bingjiao, who has all but sealed her place. Saina needs to win this tournament. Anything other than that can put her out of contention.

Her path gets very tough from the second round as the eighth seed Chen Yufei and the World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying lurk in her part of the draw. Her first round presents a relatively easier challenge. Poulsen lost her last four matches in a row and is thus expected not to pose much threat to her accomplished opponent.

Saina should win this and be ready for the bigger challenges awaiting her from the next round.
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