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World Badminton Championships 2017: Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara, Live Score and updates: Nehwal loses 21-12, 17-21, 10-21

Nehwal finishes with a bronze medal.
Updated: 26 August 2017 19:29 IST - Published: 26 August 2017 17:43 IST
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But we can still dream about the gold because PV Sindhu will be in action in the other semi-final. That is scheduled to be around 12.30am IST.

Let us hope Sindhu can bring a smile at the end of the day.

Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates from the 2017 World Championships. 
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What a physical match that was!

Full credit to Nozomi Okuhara for believing in herself and coming back even when Saina clearly had the upper hand. She was able to impose her physical game punctuated by those low shots at the net that took the game away from the Indian. She thus becomes the first Japanese to make it through to the women's singles final at the World Championships.

But what an effort from the Indian....one year ago, she endured major disappointment at the Rio Games and she has recently even admitted that she regrets going to the Olympics....it followed a painful few weeks of surgery, rehab and trying to get back to the Tour.

The performance she showed today despite the loss should stop all her critics. Saina is VERY MUCH on the way back.
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Final score: Okuhara wins 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 in 74 minutes
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Okuhara finds the corner.... She wins 21-10
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Great crosscourt slice from Saina....10-20
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Okuhara gets 11 match points...20-9
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Wide again from Saina....9-19
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Saina gets one point back as confirmed by Hawkeye....9-18
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18-7 now
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Wide again for Nehwal.....17-7 for Okuhara
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This is slipping away from Nehwal's grip now
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16-7 now
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15-7 for Okuhara
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Saina struggling with the low drops at the net
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Look at those backhand drops from Nozomi.....14-7
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13-6 now
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13-5 for the Japanese now
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Saina finds the corner....5-12
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Saina pretty much playing on Okuhara's terms....12-4 now after a 39-shot rally
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11-4 for the Japanese at halftime
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Smash from Saina....4-10
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Lots of errors from the Indian now....3-10
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The body language is not looking very positive
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Out again for Saina....3-8
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6 straight points for the Japanese