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Saina Nehwal def. Ratchanok Intanon 17-21 21-18 21-12, Indonesia Open SS 2017 Round 1 - As it happened

3rd game Saina 17-21 21-18 21-12 Intanon
Updated: 13 June 2017 12:44 IST - Published: 13 June 2017 12:12 IST
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A brilliant comeback by the Indian! She wins17-21 21-18 21-12!
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VICTORYYYY FOR SAINA!
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MATCH POINT!
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It's 17-10 to Saina now. Can she hold on for the win?
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At the final break, Saina has an 11-6 advantage.
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It is now 9-5 in favour of Saina!
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Saina races into a 5-2 lead in the final game.
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SECOND GAME TO SAINA! We are going into a decider as Saina holds her nerve to take the game at 21-18.
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Two game points for Saina!
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Saina is now just two points away at 19-17!
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Like the first game, the Thai is making a late comeback towards the end.
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Saina is inching closer to the second game. She makes it 15-12 now!
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Score stands at 14-11 now.
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After the interval, Saina has opened up a four-point lead.
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The Thai has closed the deficit, as she trails by just one point at 7-8.
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Saina leads 6-2 now.
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Saina up 3-1 in the second game so far.
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FIRST GAME TO THE THAI! Intanon records a strong fightback and takes the first game 21-17!
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Three game points for Intanon.
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After trailing for almost the entirety of the game, Intanon is two points away from winning it. 19-16!
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The Thai is in the ascendancy now, leading 17-16 at this crucial juncture.
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For the first time in the game, Intanon equalizes. She makes it 14-14.
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It's a tight affair but Saina remains in front. 13-11!
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Saina goes into the interval up 11-9, but remember, she had an 8-2 lead as well!
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The lead has reduced but Saina still leads 10-7
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The Indian has started well, building a good 8-2 lead.
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Saina races into a 3-0 lead.
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Saina to serve!
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The previous match is over after a monumental battle! Now, time for another!
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The mixed doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponappa and Sumeeth Reddy has been knocked out in straight games!
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It will go to the third game! Saina's match to follow next.
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The Saina match will begin after the match between Yufei Chen and Gregoria Tunjung. It is currently 16-14 in the second set.
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It is an enthralling encounter to kick off Saina Nehwal's campaign at the Indonesia Open Super Series 2017. The Indian is up against Thai star and eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon, a match that is expected to go down to the wire.

In Super Series tournaments, it is Saina who has a 5-0 H2H record in her favour but she will not have it easy against Intanon, who recently won the Thailand Open GP Gold on June 4.

Saina reached the quarters of the India Open SS, but was ousted in the first round of the Malaysia Open SS by Akane Yamaguchi. Ranked 11 in the world, the Indian will be looking to regain her top form with a win against Intanon and make a deep run in the tournament.

Follow all the action live here. The match is expected to start at 10.30 AM IST.