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Highlights, Denmark Open 2018 results: Saina Nehwal beats Nozomi Okuhara to enter semis; Kidambi Srikanth wins

Catch the live scores and updates of the quarter-final matches at the Denmark Open as Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma eye place in the semi-finals.

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Highlights, Denmark Open 2018 results: Saina Nehwal beats Nozomi Okuhara to enter semis; Kidambi Srikanth wins

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Oct 20, 2018 - 02:20 (IST)

That brings us to the end of today's play at the Denmark Open. 

Overall, a good day for Indian shuttlers. Srikanth edges past Sameer to enter semis, while Saina brushed aside another Japanese shuttler Okuhara in three games. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We'll be back tomorrow. Until then, take care! 

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Srikanth faces World No 1 Momota 
Saina faces Gregoria Mariska of Indonesia 

Oct 20, 2018 - 02:16 (IST)

Hirota and Fukushima enter semis

The World No 1 pair dominated the Indian duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy 21-14, 21-12. They couldn't match the pace of the game and had a minimal on-court combination. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 02:09 (IST)

ICYMI: Here's a short clip to sum up Saina's win over Nozomi Okuhara in the quarter-finals. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 02:06 (IST)

15-7! Sikki Reddy is a little too slow at the net as she finds it difficult to break down the Japanese pair's defence. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 02:05 (IST)

Oct 20, 2018 - 01:53 (IST)

Hirota-Fukushima win first game: 21-14

Sixteen minutes to the openings and the Japanese shuttler have proved their class with elan. Ponnappa and Reddy haven't really trouled. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 01:45 (IST)

16-6! Eight straight points for the top seeds from Japan. They're a step ahead of Ponnappa and Reddy at the net. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 01:44 (IST)

Ashwini and Sikki are yet to gel as a pair. Hirota and Fukushima have combined well so far. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 01:38 (IST)

Women's doubles

Next up, India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy face Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan in the women's doubles quarter-finals. 

The two pairs met at the World Badminton Championships earlier this year, where the Japanese duo won 21-14, 21-15. 

Oct 20, 2018 - 01:33 (IST)

Saina powers into semis! 

The former champion beats reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 to enter the semi-finals. Saina used her strategies really well to stretch Nozomi Okuhara, who was forced to play from the back of the court. Full marks to Saina for adhering to the plan and hitting winners. 

 

Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal stormed into the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open, defeating second seed Akane Yamaguchi in the second round match here on Thursday.

Highlights Denmark Open 2018 results Saina Nehwal beats Nozomi Okuhara to enter semis Kidambi Srikanth wins

Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Tai Tzu Ying. Agencies

In a match which lasted 36 minutes, the Hyderabadi shuttler outplayed Japanese shuttler Yamaguchi 21-15, 21-17 in straight games.

Right from the start, Saina seemed positive and played aggressively. Her swift court movements and powerful smashes helped her to advance in the meet.

Saina will now take on former world champion Nozomi Okuhara in the quarters.

In other matches, Sameer Verma advanced, defeating Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in a 23-21, 6-21, 22-20 marathon match of more than an hour.

In the women's doubles category, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also made it to the next round as they edged past Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea. The Indian duo defeated their opponent 18-21, 22-20, 21-18 in an hour's match.

Kidambi Srikanth defeated the legendary Lin Dan for the second time in his career to set up an all-Indian quarterfinal against Sameer Verma at the Denmark Open here.

World number six Srikanth bounced back to beat the world number 14 from China 18-21, 21-17, 21-16 in the second round clash played on Thursday night.

Dan, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and five-time world champion, is not the player he used to be but is still a force to reckon with. It was a fifth meeting between Srikanth and Dan and the Chinese great won the last time they played, in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Srikanth had famously scored his maiden win over Dan to win the 2014 China Open.

After a tough match against the Chinese, Srikanth will have to play fellow Indian Verma in the quarterfinals to be held later on Friday.

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