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
  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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! 

  • 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. 

  • 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? 

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Bingjiao staging a comeback? 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Nehwal 2-2 Bingjiao

    It's neck-and-neck in the decider. It looked like an easy contest for Saina but Bingjiao just won't give up. 

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Nehwal makes it 1-1

    It's one game apiece in the semi-final clash between Saina Nehwal and He Bingjiao. Saina had complete control of the shots and had placed herself perfectly to play rallies. A much better show from the former champion, who had lost focus in the first game. 

  • 15:41 (IST)

    Nehwal 19-10 Bingjiao

    Saina uses her powerful weapon – half smash. Bingjiao may be nice and quick to the net but she does not have answers to Saina's explosive attack.  

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Nehwal 17- 8 Bingjiao

    A cheeky crosscourt slice to take Bingjiao by surprise. Even Parupalli Kashyap looks amazed. That net play was incredibly accurate. 

  • 15:37 (IST)

    Nehwal 13-7 Bingjiao

    There is a little bit of drift which has now come into play. Saina and Bingjiao will look to make full use of it in the second game. She has a comfortable lead 

  • 15:36 (IST)

    In case if you are wondering, that's vintage Saina for you. 

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Nehwal 9-3 Bingjiao

    A big lead for Saina now. She is pulling Bingjiao towards the net. Great strategy by the Indian to unsettle the twinkle-toed Chinese shuttler. 

  • 15:32 (IST)

    Nehwal 5-3 Bingjiao

    There were a lot of attacking strokes on display during the early exchanges in the second game. Saina will force Bingjiao to play more at the net to take control. 

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Bingjiao 1-0 Nehwal

    The young Chinese takes the first game 21-18 against a tired-looking Saina Nehwal. The Indian cruised for the major part of the game only to succumb to Bingjiao's crosscourt masterclass after the mid-game interval

    Also, Saina squandered a 16-10 lead! 

  • 15:25 (IST)

    Nehwal 18-18 Bingjiao 

    Oh, well. The Chinese shuttler levels the scores. Saina seems to have lost focus towards the end of the game. 

  • 15:24 (IST)

    Nehwal 18-16 Bingjiao

    Bingjiao has started to attack from all corners but she will have to bag points quickly. Saina is capable of handling the pressure in such situations. 

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Nehwal 16-14 Bingjiao

    That's four straight points for Bingjiao as Saina makes a rare blip at the net. She is closing the gap on Saina's lead. 

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Nehwal 16-10 Bingjiao 

    Smashes and clean returns. Saina has kept it simple so far coupled with superb court coverage. A six-point lead for the Indian ace now. 

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Nehwal 13-9 Bingjiao

    Saina is now looking to target the backhand side of her Chinese counterpart. The rallies are looking longer too. Here's when Bingjiao will be tested. 

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Saina is cruising ahead at the moment 

  • 15:15 (IST)

    Nehwal 8-6 Bingjiao

    Saina is getting behind every shuttle now. She has followed the trajectory of the shuttle to hit push clears. Simple play yet difficult for Bingjiao to match up. 

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Nehwal 5-5 Bingjiao

    And the Indian has leveled the scores with a few crosscourt shots from the mid-court area. The eighth seed is hitting high rallies to get into the groove. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Nehwal 2-5 Bingjiao

    Saina has been struggling to move around the back of the court. She is still not completely fit after injuring her knee back in November. 

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Nehwal 1-3 Bingjiao

    The Chinese uses her strong net shots to take an early lead against Saina Nehwal. This approach could trouble the Indian ace. 

  • 14:39 (IST)

    Saina vs He Bingjiao

    Interestingly, these two have never faced each other before. Saina and He were stretched to three games in the opening game but wrapped up the second and third round matches in straight games en route last-four. 

  • 14:34 (IST)

    Saina vs He Bingjiao

    The first women's singles semi-final feature Saina against Chinese left-hander, He Bingjiao, who comfortably eliminated her giant-killing compatriot, Chen Xiaoxin, by a 21-18, 21-14 scoreline, in the day’s shortest encounter, lasting a mere 26 minutes. Xiaoxin had claimed the prized scalp of top-seeded Okuhara in straight games on Wednesday, but could not counter the smooth all-around strokeplay of her fellow-countrywoman.

    At 28 years of age, Saina concedes a seven-year age advantage to Bingjiao, and could find it difficult to match the Chinese southpaw’s speed. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) records surprisingly show that the two have never clashed with each other earlier, even though Bingjiao has crossed swords with another Indian circuit ‘regular’, Sindhu, on 13 occasions, and leads their rivalry 8-5.

    Saina would do well to harness her rich experience and gain swift mental ascendancy over Bingjiao before the match is too many points old – as she had done so well against Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of the host nation on Thursday. A slow, uncertain start, as she had experienced in her opening match against another Indonesian, Dinar Dyah Ayustine, could prove fatal to her hopes of making the final at this Indonesia Masters.

  • 14:14 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of Indonesia Masters 2019. India's Saina Nehwal takes the court in the semi-finals against China's He Bingjiao today. PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were sent packing yesterday. 

    Stay tuned for all the live updates. 

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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Updated Date: Jan 26, 2019 16:30:36 IST