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Highlights All England Championships quartefinals: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu bow out of competition

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Highlights All England Championships quartefinals: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu bow out of competition
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    Saina Nehwal's quarterfinal is underay!

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    That' all from us today. Thank you for following. We will be back with more badminton coverage soon. 

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    Great fight from Saina Nehwal. She is slowly getting back to her best and will be a force to reckon with in future competitions. PV Sindhu too is expected to be back stronger. Next stop is the Indian Open. Lets hope our shuttlers find glory on home soil! 

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    Saina Nehwal loses 22-20, 22-20 to Sung Ji Hyun in the quarterfinal of the All England Championships. WIth her defeat Indian challenge in the competition comes to an end

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    20-19! Saina not giving up on this

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    MATCH POINT! Sung Ji Hyun leads 20-17 

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    18-15 Saina Nehwal trailing. The game is slipping away from the Indian and so is the match

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    Sung Ji Hyun leading 15-14 now, but this game can go either way. Saina needs to win this game to keep her hopes alive having lost the first game 22-20

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    Saina Nehwal takes 11-9 lead in the 2nd game at the interval. Can she see it through to take the match into a decider?

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    9-6! Saina Nehwal edging ahead in this game. But watch out for a comeback from the Korean. It has always been around the corner in this match

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    6-5! Saina Nehwal leads. But this game is too close to call at the moment

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    4-4! Saina Nehwal fights back. That's been the trademark of this game. No player has been able to pull away

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    Saina wins first point of the second game. Sung Ji Hyun leads 3-1! 

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    Sung Ji Hyun wins the first point of the second game. 

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    Sung Ji Hyun wins the first game 22-20. Great fight from Saina. Can she fight back in the second game now?

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    20-20! Now Saina with a big comeback. Great game this

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    GAME POINT to Sung Ji Hyun who has made a big comeback

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     18-17! Saina Nehwal misjudges the flight and loses two points. She now trails Sung ji Hyun

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    17-17! Sung Ji Hyun fights back again and it is all in the balance again

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    16-12! Saina Nehwal leading by four points now. She has the game in her grasps now

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    Saina hits back to take a 13-11 lead in the first game

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    11-11! Sung Ji Hyun storms back into the game. Momentum now with the Korean

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    Saina Nehwal takes an 11-7 lead into the interval at the first game. After trailing for most parts, she is now four points ahead

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    Saina Nehwal takes the lead for the first time. She is 8-7 ahead

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    Saina Nehwal trailing 3-1 to Sung Ji Hyun in the first game

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    Saina Nehwal's game against Sung Ji Hyun to begin shortly. Saina is the only Indian remaining in the competition

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    Saina Nehwal's encounter against Sung Ji Hyun is delayed. Should begin by 10:55 PM IST

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    Saina Nehwal recently beat Sung Ji Hyun in the Premier Badminton League, but that competition had just 11-point games

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    A positive statistic for Saina Nehwal fans. She has a 6-1 win-loss record against Sung Ji Hyun, her quartefinal opponent. Will she continue her dominance over the Korean?

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    Saina Nehwal is in action at 10:30 PM IST. She will face Sung Ji Hyun in the quartefinal

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Pre-quarterfinals report:  India's PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal moved into the women's singles quarter-finals, but men's singles shuttler HS Prannoy lost in the second round of the All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham on Thursday.

Sixth seed Sindhu tamed Indonesian Dinar Dyah Ayustine in a 21-12, 21-4 second-round victory, while eighth seed Saina thumped German qualifier Fabienne Deprez 21-18, 21-10 in 35 minutes.

The only Indian men's singles player left in the second round, Prannoy failed to mount a challenge against Chinese seventh seed Tian Houwei, losing 13-21, 5-21 in 33 minutes.

 Highlights All England Championships quartefinals: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu bow out of competition

Saina Nehwal. AFP

Meanwhile, the Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy gave their all but couldn't avoid a 19-21, 20-22 close defeat against South Koreans Yoo Yeon Seong and Kim Ha Na late Wednesday night.

However, Sindhu and Saina on Thursday posted facile victories to keep the Indian campaign alive in the world's oldest badminton tournament at the Barclaycard Arena.

Olympic 2016 silver medallist Sindhu was hardly troubled by World No.39 Ayustine, who came under a barrage of attacks from the Indian. Sindhu won the match in 30 minutes.

Sindhu led 12-3 in the first game and afterwards it was a formality. The second game turned out to be much more easy as Sindhu raced to victory conceding only four points.

Sindhu zoomed to a 9-0 lead before the 23-year-old Indonesian bagged three points on the trot. The 21-year-old Sindhu continued her attacking spree and earned nine successive points without any fuss.

Later in the day, Saina had to battle hard to clinch the first game. The Indian looked a bit rusty at the very beginning, holding a 5-4 lead. She looked better as the game progressed that helped her take a 12-8 advantage. But German Fabienne fought back and equalised at the 12-point mark.

Afterwards, it turned out to be a see-saw battle till the 17-point mark when 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Saina really showed her experience to snatch the game with three successive points.

The second game, however, saw Saina cruising nicely, holding a 11-6 lead at the mid-game break. Saina hardly broke into a sweat to notch a 21-10 win to progress into the quarter-finals.

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Updated Date: Mar 11, 2017 00:11:44 IST