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Saina Nehwal vs Sayaka Sato Live Score and Commentary Badminton Asia Championships First Round

Sato wins 19-21, 21-16, 21-18
Updated: 26 April 2017 11:28 IST - Published: 26 April 2017 09:50 IST
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That was disappointing no doubt after Saina managed to eke out the first game. It is evident that the Indian still needs a bit more time to be able to return to top form.
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Final score: Sato wins 19-21, 21-16, 21-18.
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And Sayaka Sato defeats Saina Nehwal for the first time since 2011.
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2 MATCH POINTS as Sato leads 20-18
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Another point as Saina makes it 18-19
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17-19 as the Indian takes a point
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16-19...now or never for Saina!
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15-18 now
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Saina now trails 14-17.
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14-15 now
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Saina trails 13-15 now.
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4-point lead for the Japanese at 15-11....will she complete a famous victory?
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Sato still leads 12-10 after the break.
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Sato is up 11-9 at the mid-game interval.
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Sato ends Saina's six-point winning streak to go up to 10-9
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And....9-9...the fighter in Saina has WOKEN UP!!
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It's 8-9...Saina trailing by just 1 point!
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4 consecutive points for Saina to make it 7-9.
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2 points for Saina to make it 5-9
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Time running out for Nehwal!
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9-3
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The Japanese is looking more and more confident now....up now 8-3
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Sato jumps ahead to 5-3
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3-3 now as none giving the other an inch of space.
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Can Saina turn this around?