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Malaysia Masters 2019 semi-final Highlights: Carolina Marin downs Saina Nehwal 21-16, 21-13

Malaysia Masters 2019 semi-final Highlights: Catch live score and updates of the Malaysia Masters semi-final clash between Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin here

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 19, 2019 11:30:16 am
Malaysia Masters 2019 semi-final Highlights: Saina Nehwal had won the tournament in 2017. (AP Photo)

Malaysia Masters 2019 semi-final Highlights: Marin dominated the second game to finish the semi-final in 40 minutes. The first game was a see-saw affair with Saina managing to keep a check on the Spaniard’s attacking game for the most part. But the Olympic champion wrestled control in the early stages of the second and never let go after that.

Saina’s ouster ends the Indian challenge in Malaysia. She looked in good touch when she beat Nozomi Okuhara in the quarters but Marin has been on an upward curve since the latter half of 2018.

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Malaysia Masters 2019 semi-final Highlights:

11:22 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin beats Saina 21-16, 21-13

The match lasted 40 minutes. The first game was a see-saw affair but Marin wrestled control in the early stages of the second. She never let go after that. Saina took a couple of points while Marin was on match point but it was too little too late. 

11:19 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin 19-11 Saina

Saina has had her moments but this second game has been all about Marin. The Indian's famous net game has been pretty much absent here. 

11:11 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin 9-6 Saina

Saina slowly fighting her way back. She can't match Marin's pace and raw power and so placing shots as accurately as she can and cramping Marin for space is pretty much her only option. 

11:10 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Game of towels

Marin asks for a towel, the umpire refuses and lets her out after the point is played. Saina also proceeds to her bench but the umpire asks her to get back on court as Marin asked her permission whereas Saina didn't. Interesting passage that. 

11:08 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin leads 6-1

Marin in complete control now. She is continually muttering to herself, letting out the occasional scream whenever she wins a point. 

11:03 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin wins 21-16

Saina managed to take another point before Marin took a short break. When play resumed, Saina could not hold anymore and conceded a point.

10:59 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin 20-15 Saina

Marin screams in delight as Saina nets an attempted drop shot that leds the Spaniard take the lead. Marin goes on to take five consecutive points to reach game point before hitting it long to concede one. 

10:56 (IST)19 Jan 2019

Back to level-pegging. Marin fails to pick up a backhand from near the nets to concede the lead. It continues to be a see-saw, this fixture. 

10:52 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin leads 11-9

An engrossing first half to the 1st game. Saina took the early lead, Marin then trumped and raced to take a 5-point advantage before the Indian closed it down. But Marin remained on the attack and has a two-point lead at the halfway mark. 

10:48 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Saina back in it

Marin had raced away to a 9-5 lead but Saina backs her defence and fights back to draw level 9-9. Four points in a row for the Indian here. 

10:45 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Marin draws level

Saina loses a review for an outside call that went against her. A smash to her body helps Marin cut Saina's lead to 5-3 before another to the corner of the court to Saina's left meaks it 4-5. Saina serves next but can't hold off Marin and the score is now 5-5

10:42 (IST)19 Jan 2019
1st game

Saina Nehwal starts with a point but then overhits a back-hand and the game is level at 1-1. Marin's overhead cross-court smash then goes outside to make 2-1 in favour of Saina before a long back hand makes it 3-1. 

10:39 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Watanabe-Higashino are through

Heartbreak for the home favourites as the top seeded pair beat them 15-21,21-7, 14-21. Next-up, Saina vs Marin. 

10:14 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Mixed doubles semis

Japan's Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino are currently playing Malaysian pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying. The Japanese had won the first game 21-15 but the home favourites romped to a 21-7 win in the second. We are into the third game now. 

09:59 (IST)19 Jan 2019
Hello and welcome!

Saina Nehwal is back in the international circuit and has already entered her first semi-final. She had to put up quite a fight to get past Nozomi Okuhara and the satisfaction she gained from it was evident in the fact that she actually took to Twitter to celebrate the victory. She now faces a rejuvenated Carolina Marin who seems to have gotten over her post-Olympic gold struggles. It promises to be an interesting contest. 

Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin Live score, Malaysia Masters 2019 semi-final Live streaming: Saina Nehwal scripted a hard-fought straight-game win over former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the women's singles semifinals but a fighting Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the USD 350,000 Malaysia Masters here Friday.

Seventh seeded Saina, who had a 8-4 head-to-head record against Okuhara before Friday, fought back from 9-15 and 14-18 down in the two games to extend her dominance over the second-seeded Japanese with a 21-18 23-21 win in a 48-minute quarterfinals at the Axiata Arena.