Saina Nehwal vs Pornpawee Chochuwong, Live Badminton Score and Updates, Japan Open Super Series 2017 Round 1

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedSep 20, 2017 14:18 IST

Saina wins 21-17, 21-9 to enter the second round.


14:18 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The Korea Open champion PV Sindhu is yet to begin her challenge. Her match will be in a short while from now.

Follow it here.

14:15 (IST)20 SEP 2017

What a match that promises to be!

14:15 (IST)20 SEP 2017


14:13 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Nehwal is into the pre-quarter-finals!!!!! After that tough first half of the first game, Saina just hit cruise control button. In the second game, the young Thai was just no match for her highly accomplished rival!

14:11 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The match lasted 39 minutes.

14:10 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Final score: Saina Nehwal wins, 21-17, 21-9

14:09 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And with a thorough dominance in the second game, Saina has wrapped it up 21-9

13:59 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Nehwal leads 11-4 at the interval.

13:59 (IST)20 SEP 2017's been all Saina for the last few points!!

13:58 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And the gap is increasing further....8-4 lead for Nehwal

13:56 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And Saina is imposing her game here....6-4

13:52 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Back to long rallies and all level at 3-3

13:51 (IST)20 SEP 2017

It's 3-2 now for Saina

13:50 (IST)20 SEP 2017

2-1 for the Indian

13:49 (IST)20 SEP 2017


1-0 to Nehwal!!

13:47 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And Saina needs only one to convert!

21-17 to Nehwal

13:46 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Saina halts her mini momentum and races ahead to have THREE game points in hand at 20-17

13:45 (IST)20 SEP 2017

18-17 now as Chochuwong fighting back hard.

13:44 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And now the former World No. 1 is accelerating! Up at 18-15

13:42 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Saina still doing just enough to keep her nose in front...16-15

13:42 (IST)20 SEP 2017

15-14..Chochuwong is not going away anywhere!!

13:40 (IST)20 SEP 2017

14-13 to Nehwal now..the game is still pretty tight.

13:40 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The rallies are getting longer and Saina seems to have established a foothold here..13-12

13:38 (IST)20 SEP 2017



13:37 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The Thai is still ahead...12-10

13:35 (IST)20 SEP 2017

At the interval, the Thai is up 11-9

13:34 (IST)20 SEP 2017

9-10....the comeback has started!

13:34 (IST)20 SEP 2017

SHE DOES! 8-10 now

13:34 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Saina gets two points in a row to make it 7-10...can she continue?

13:33 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And 10-5 for the she looks pretty determined at the moment!

13:32 (IST)20 SEP 2017

9-5 for Chochuwong

13:31 (IST)20 SEP 2017

8-5 for the Thai

13:31 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Looks like Saina still hasn't got into the groove and struggling with her rhythm

13:30 (IST)20 SEP 2017

7-5 for the Thai

13:30 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Saina reduced the deficit to just a solitary point only for Pornpawee to go up further at 6-4

13:29 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And she goes up further...5-3

13:28 (IST)20 SEP 2017

2 points on the trot for the young Thai....4-3

13:28 (IST)20 SEP 2017

We are back to level now..3-3

13:27 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Saina grabs the lead for the first time....3-2

13:26 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Saina makes it level at 2-2 super quick

13:26 (IST)20 SEP 2017

2-1 to Chochuwong

13:25 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The Thai takes the first point

13:25 (IST)20 SEP 2017

And we are under way!

13:21 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The players are on court now. We are just a couple of minutes away from the match now.

12:22 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The match is delayed as the preceding matches have taken longer time. Stay tuned to the blog for the latest updates.

03:35 (IST)20 SEP 2017

The match is scheduled to start at 12 noon IST on Wednesday, September, 20.

03:34 (IST)20 SEP 2017

Good morning and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the Japan Open Superseries 2017. Saina Nehwal makes her much-awaited return to the circuit following her bronze medal-winning effort at the World Championships in Glasgow in August.

All badminton fans will now be interested in seeing if she can build on it.

Saina has a tough draw at the Japan Open as she is headed for a potential second-round clash with the reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin. But to be ready for Marin, Saina needs a good performance in the first round.

The Indian could not have asked for a better opening round opponent. World No. 25 Pornpawee Chochuwong has played Saina twice this year and both times the former World No. 1 emerged a winner in straight games.

The 2-0 head-to-head record against the young Thai should boost the currently 12th ranked Nehwal's confidence by miles and if she can get yet another win in straight games, it will do a world of good to Nehwal ahead of that possible blockbuster showdown with Marin too. 
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