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Highlights, Indonesia Masters 2019 results: India's Saina Nehwal battles past He Bingjiao to enter final

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Highlights, Indonesia Masters 2019 results: India's Saina Nehwal battles past He Bingjiao to enter final

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Jan 26, 2019 - 16:12 (IST)

Saina Nehwal is through to the final 

She is a fighter. She just wouldn't give up. Also, not at her favourite venue. 

The Indian ace battles past He Bingjiao 18-21, 21-12, 21-18 in a thrilling match to reach the title clash. It was a great exhibition of attack and defence from both the players, but in the end, it was Saina's aggressive approach that prevailed. 

Jan 26, 2019 - 16:06 (IST)

Nehwal 20-18 Bingjiao

The Chinese shuttler's net play hits the tape, leaving Saina an easy tap-in to close in on the first match point. 

Jan 26, 2019 - 16:05 (IST)

Nehwal 19-16 Bingjiao

Oh, what a turnaround! An aggressive-looking Saina wraps up three consecutive points to take the lead. That was classic Saina Nehwal.

Jan 26, 2019 - 16:04 (IST)

Nehwal 16-17 Bingjiao

Saina challenges.... and she is successful. Bingjiao dispatched a perfect smash but it landed wide. 

Make that 17-17, Saina is all pumped up now! 

Jan 26, 2019 - 16:00 (IST)

Nehwal 14-15 Bingjiao

The Chinese shuttler has found enough angles to hit smashes down the line. Now Saina must counter-attack or forget about stopping Bingjiao. 

Jan 26, 2019 - 15:59 (IST)

Nehwal 13-13 Bingjiao 

There's no way you can separate the two shuttlers here. Both have shown great balance to maintain the pressure.

Could Saina use her experience to tame the Chinese or will BIngjiao snatch the tie with her attacking masterclass? 

Jan 26, 2019 - 15:55 (IST)

Bingjiao staging a comeback? 

Jan 26, 2019 - 15:52 (IST)

Nehwal 10-6 Bingjiao

Saina hasn't let her opponent to attack so far. Bingjiao seems a little restricted due to Saina's quick forehand drives. 

Jan 26, 2019 - 15:51 (IST)

Nehwal 7-4 Bingjiao

It's all about Saina's movement during the tiring rallies. She is successfully striking winners from angles to bag quick points. 

Jan 26, 2019 - 15:48 (IST)

Nehwal 5-2 Bingjiao

Saina's approach has been brilliant since the second game. The Indian isn't rushing at the net or pushing Bingjiao towards the backcourt. She is just looking for an opening to hit a winner. Smart move. 

Quarter-finals result: Indian star Saina Nehwal defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand in straight games to enter the semi-finals of the Indonesia Masters badminton tournament on Friday.

The eighth-seeded London Olympics bronze medallist took just 33 minutes to carve out a comprehensive 21-7, 21-18 victory over her unseeded Thai opponent.

Nehwal will take on sixth seed He Bingjiao of China for a place in the final.

Bingjiao defeated compatriot Chen Xiaoxin in the last-eight stage.

It was, however, curtains for PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth.

Sindhu crashed out following a loss to reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain while Srikanth lost to Jonatan Christie of Indonesia.

The second-seeded Sindhu struggled to match the fifth-seeded Marin, going down 11-21, 12-21 after a 37-minute battle.

Srikanth, on the other hand, lost 18-21, 19-21 to Asian Games champion Christie in the men's singles match.

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