World Badminton Championships Score: Indian shuttler off to a confident start, Japanese Nozomi Okuhara struggles. In the HEAD-TO-HEAD record, Saina Nehwal leads by 6-1.
World Badminton Championships LIVE Score: Saina Nehwal after fighting with injuries seems to reach where she belongs while paving the way for Indian badminton’s foray into a territory hitherto unexplored, her semifinal entry also raising hopes of all-India finals in the World Badminton Championship. Nehwal advanced to the semifinal by defeating the local favorite Kristy Gilmour to assure herself a bronze medal. The Olympic bronze medallist who was a silver medalist at the last edition in Jakarta staved off the challenge from world No 31 Gilmour 21-19 18-21 21-15. The match lasted an hour and 14 minutes. The London Olympics bronze medallist takes seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan today. With Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu already making it to the semifinals from the top half, this is the first time India will return with two medals from the BWF World Championships. “I was expecting a tough fight, but I was surprised she was playing so quick,” said Nehwal after the match.
Here are the World Badminton Championships Score updates:
7:11 PM: Okuhara defeats Nehwal 21-12, 2117, 21-10.
7:09 PM: Nehwal still fighting her way into the match but it seems too late. Okuhara 20-9.
7:06 PM: After the high intensity second set, the third set is a disaster for Nehawal. All her shots seem to fail.
7:04 PM: Okuhara unleashing her finishing moves over Saina Nehwal who has no replies to Japanese shuttlers fierce shots.
6:59 PM: This seems like a one sided set. Okuhara proving to be stronger. Leads 11-4.
6:56 PM: Nehwal starting to lose her cool and Okuhara capitalizing on the same. Japanese shuttler leads 7-3.
6:52 PM: Nehwal playing more offensive. It seems she is in a hurry to finish the third set and go home.
6:50 PM: Nehwal and Okuhara opens up the third set with big shots. SMASHES ALL OVER THE COURT.
6:47 PM: Okuhara wins the second set 21-17. It was a tough set between the two players but it was the Japanese shuttler who
6:42 PM: A HIGH-INTENSITY SECOND HALF BETWEEN SAINA NEHWAL AND NOZOMI OKUHARA. BOTH players seem to have learned each others playing style and is cancelling out the shots with ease. A great show for the audience.
6:37 PM: Okuhara rising like a lethal weapon and it looks like her coach has given her cheat codes to every Nehwal shot. But Nehwal still got some ace shots in her bags.
6:35 PM: A competitive second set. Both the players are troubling each other with their ruthless drops and smashes.
6:33 PM: After initial falters, India making a comeback in the second half. The score is now even with 9-9. Still, a long way to go.
6:30 PM: Nehwal struggling with return shots, while her offensive shots are proving lethal.
6:28 PM: It looks like a role reversal. Okuhara stands at the position early in the second half where Nehwal once stood. Score: 8-4.
6:24 PM: Okuhara starts the second set strongly. The Japanese shuttler leads 6-2.
6:20 PM: Saina Nehwal wins the first set without a sweat. FIRST SET ENDS 21-12.
6:18 PM: Nehawal two points away from winning the first set. It looks like a easy-peasy set for the Olympic Bronze medalist
6:13 PM: Okuhara starts a fightback after initial falter. Nehwal leads 16-10.
6:07 PM: A great rally between the two shuttlers but in the end Nehwal sailed through to make it 10-5.
6:04 PM: Okuhara having a tough time executing proper shots. Nehwal on the other hand still to play some smashes. India leads 9-4.
6:00 PM: The two players off with a confident start. Nehwal still getting warmed up while Okuhara starting to open her big shots. Score Nehwal leads 3-2.
5:57 PM: Players have started warming up. In the HEAD-TO-HEAD record Saina leads by 6-1.
5:55 PM: STAY TUNED for LIVE UPDATES. The match between Saina Nehwal and Nozomi Okuhara to start soon.
5:45 PM: Gilmour mixed delayed strokes with deceptive angles and varying pace to set up her points. It worked as she led 17-13. Saina managed to come back at 16-17 when Gilmour produced an onrushing return to break the momentum.
5:39 PM: At 8-14, the Indian won a couple of points when Gilmour hit wide and at the net. A precise down-the-line smash and then Gilmour slipping during a rally meant Saina had reduced the margin to 12-14.
5:31 PM: Saina seemed to lack the length in her returns which could put her rival out of position and she looked frustrated as Gilmour dictated the turns with her repertoire of strokes.
5:22 PM: In a hightlight to yesterday’s clash, Saina had opened up a 6-2 lead but Gilmour managed to claw back. It was a jump smash that helped her to draw parity at 8-8 and she soon moved into the break with a 11-8 lead after setting it up beautifully with her angled strokes.
5:15 PM: During this time, Gilmour had won two silver medals at the European Championship and it was evident from her fighting spirit.
5:11 PM: Meanwhile, Saina had come into the match with a 4-0 head-to-head record against the 23-year-old Scottish Kristy Gilmour but she didn’t play her in the last three years.
5:02 PM: The match is about to start soon.