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Korea Open Badminton Highlights: Saina Nehwal crashes out after losing against Nozomi Okuhara

Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Korea Open Highlights: Saina Nehwal lost 21-15, 15-21, 22-20 against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the Korea Open quarterfinal.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 28, 2018 4:31:14 pm
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Badminton Live Score Korea Open Live Streaming Saina Nehwal lost to Nozomi Okuhara. (File)

Korea Open Highlights: Saina Nehwal lost to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the quarterfinal clash in Korea Open. It was a remarkable comeback from the World No. 8 who dropped the first game but then convincingly won the second. In the deciding game, Nehwal had a lead of 20-16 before Okuhara won six straight points to pick up 21-15, 15-21, 22-20 victory. Nehwal’s defeat ends Indian campaign at the Korea Open and Okuhara will face Akane Yamaguchi in the semifinal.

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Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Badminton Highlights

16:23 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

WHAT A COMEBACK!!!

Nozomi Okuhara comes back from 16-20 down to win the deciding game 22-20 against Saina Nehwal. Nehwal crashes out after losing to Okuhara 21-15, 15-21, 22-20.

16:22 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Okuhara wins four points on the trot, but she could only delay the inevitable, and now the scores are level in the deciding game. Nehwal no longer has the  match point. In fact she loses another and now Okuhara has the match point!

16:19 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

MATCH POINT! Nozomi Okuhara smashes on the net and Nehwal crawls to a 20-16 lead.

16:18 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Okuhara is now starting find her groover in the match as she jumps and smashes it towards Nehwal's left. Nehwal tried to reach  it but hit it nowhere. This match is getting too close to call. Sindhu leads 18-16 

16:16 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Nozomi Okuhara drops a point after winning four points on the trot. Tried to flick it towards Nehwal's right but managed to only find the netting. She has closed the gap though. Nehwal 17-14 Okuhara in the final game.

16:14 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Saina Nehwal drops a point after earning 4 straight points. She tries to hit it with a backhand but could not cross the netting. Okuhara closes gap, but Nehwal still in lead. Nehwal 12-16 Okuhara in the final game.

16:12 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

NET! Okuhara is not able to find things going her way in the deciding game. She once again used her quick movements to pounce forward and then tried to drop the shuttle in front of the net. But she smacked the net and gives an exapserated look. Nehwal leads 15-10 in the final game

16:09 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

EPIC FAIL SERVE! Nozomi Okuhara smashes the net with her serve and Saina Nehwal take a 11-8 lead at the break in the final game.

16:08 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

A drop, after drop, after another drop and Nehwal gets a point. Okuhar stepped backward expecting the Indian to smash it but Nehwal completely caught her offguard with another drop. Nehwal leads 10-7 against Okuhara in the final game

16:06 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Saina Nehwal usign her long feet and hands to her advantage as Okuhara continues to send her towards her right and left, but Nehwal is able to find a reply. This is a much better effort from the Indian than in her second game. Nehwal leads 7-4 in the final game.

16:03 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

The deciding game is underway between Saina Nehwal and Nozomi Okuhara and it is the Indian shuttler who has taken a 4-1 lead. Nehwal is showing much more energy in the final game. 

15:59 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Saina Nehwal loses second game against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 15-21 in the Korea Open quarterfinal match.

15:57 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

SAINA NEHWAL WINS A POINT AFTER THREE POINTS! 

Nehwal is looking extremely weary against her Japanese counterpart as Okuhara continues to attack while Nehwal's defensive strokes are not getting her anywhere. Nehwal trails by 7 points in the second game. Okuhara 19-12 Nehwal

15:55 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Nozomi Okuhara is leading the charge in the second game now. She is  using her quick feet movements to trouble Saina Nehwal and the Indian shuttler is starting to look tired now. Okuhara leads 14-10 in the second game.

Make that, 15-10! Fantastic jump and smash from Okuhara towards Nehwal and all the Indian could do was stretch her arms wide but could not take a shot. 

15:53 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Saina Nehwal trails 9-11 against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara at the break in the second game of Korea Open quarterfinal match

15:50 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

FANTASTIC KILL! Excellent backhand smash by Nozomi Okuhara as she closes the gap for Saina Nehwal to take her shot. Okuhara regains lead in the second game in style. Okuhara leads 10-9 against Nehwal in the second game.

15:47 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

FAILED SMASH! Two smashes from Okuhara drop outside the boundary lines and these are easy pickings for Saina Nehwal as  she closes the gap in this intense second game. Nehwal leads 7-6 in the second game

15:45 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

SMASH! Okuhara or Hulk? Coz' the Japanese shuttler smashes like one!

Quick feet movements from Okuhara to continue to move forwards as Nehwal tried to drop the shuttle in front of the net. But Okuhara was too quick and immediately smashed it on Nehwal's feet. No chance, that's what Nehwal got. Okuhara leads 4-3 in the second game

15:43 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

EXCELLENT RALLY! Good sportsmanship between the two shuttlers as they continued to smash one and then drop one to carry forward the mind games. Okuhara putting up a good fight after losing the first game. But it was an unforced error from Nehwal who tried to drop the shuttle towards the net, but failed to send it across. Okuhara leads 3-1 in the second game

15:39 (IST)28 Sep 2018
Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Live

Saina Nehwal wins first game 21-15 against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in Korea Open quarterfinal match.

Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Badminton Live Score Korea Open Live Streaming Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Badminton Highlights. (File)

Saina Nehwal vs Nozomi Okuhara Badminton Highlights: India ace Saina Nehwal progressed to the quarterfinals of the USD 600,000 Korea Open after seeing off Korea’s Kim Ga Eun at the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament here Thursday. Former world number one, who had won a bronze at the Asian Games and gold at Commonwealth Games this year, defeated Kim Ga Eun 21-18 21-18 in a 37-minute women’s singles pre-quarterfinal. Fifth seed Saina will cross swords with 2017 world champion and third seed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara.