Saina Nehwal will face Germany’s Fabienne Deprez in a pre-quarterfinal of the All England Open badminton championship in Birmingham today. Catch live score and live updates of Saina Nehwal vs Fabienne Deprez here.
7.55 pm IST: Saina wins 21-18, 21-10, will face the winner of Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin in the quarterfinals. HS Prannoy meanwhile, was beaten 21-13, 21-5 by China’s Tian Houwei in the men’s pre-quarterfinal.
7.54 pm IST: She wins it! Saina takes the second set 21-10.
7.53 pm IST: 20-10 for Saina now. Match point.
7.52 pm IST: Saina leads 19-10 now. Two points from match.
7.50 pm IST: Saina three points away from match. Leading 18-8. Feeble resistance put up by the German.
7.49 pm IST: Eight-point lead now for Saina. 16-8. First set looks like history for Fabienne Deprez.
7.47 pm IST: Saina has six-point lead now. 13-7 and she looks firmly in grip of the match.
7.45 pm IST: Saina in more fluent form in the second set, having won four consecutive points so far.
7.44 pm IST: Fabienne Deprez finally wins a point. 10-6 now.
7.43 pm IST: Halfway there for Saina. Leads 10-5 now.
7.42 pm IST: Saina Nehwal had lost in the 2015 final to Carolina Marin. So this should not be the round for her to bow out.
7.41 pm IST: Looking a bit easy now for Saina after opening up a five-point lead. 7-2.
7.39 pm IST: Saina gets a three-point lead now. 4-1.
7.37 pm IST: Saina makes it 2-1 in her favour. She is being kept on her toes.
7.36 pm IST: Fabienne takes the first point of second set. 1-0.
7.34 pm IST: And she takes the first set! Close one for Saina but maybe this will boost her confidence. 21-18
7.33 pm IST: 20-17 for Saina. Game point for the Indian.
7.31 pm IST: Saina maintains her slim lead against the World No. 63. 18-17 now.
7.31 pm IST: Saina again takes the lead. 16-15
7.30 pm IST: 15-15 now. Going neck and neck in Birmingham.
7.29 pm IST: Saina pulls it back . 14-14 now.
7.28 pm IST: Fabienne has won six consecutive points.
7.27 pm IST: German takes the lead at 13-12. Commentator’s curse I guess!
7.26 pm IST: Deprez hits back, closes in on Saina. Saina leads 12-9.
7.24 pm IST: Saina looking in good form now, having made a comeback from a knee injury.
7.23 pm IST: Five-point lead now for Saina. 10-5. Looking easy now for Saina.
7.22 pm IST: Nehwal extending lead now. 8-4. She is slowly making her presence felt.
7.21 pm IST: Nehwal takes the lead now. 5-3.
7.21 pm IST: Nehwal pulls back. 3-3.
7.20 pm IST: Match has started. Nehwal trailing 2-3 now.
7.20 pm IST: PV Sindhu beat Indonesia’s Dinar Dyah Ayustine 21-12, 21-4 to advance to the quarterfinal earlier. (HIGHLIGHTS)
7.15 pm IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of the All England Open badminton championship women’s pre-quarterfinal between India’s Saina Nehwal and Germany’s Fabienne Deprez. We are around 10 minutes away from the match.
Saina Nehwal beat World No.11 and defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-15, 21-14 in 38 minutes in the first round on Wednesday.
Saina Nehwal is currently ranked World No.9 while Deprez is 63rd. They have met only once before, at the Uber Cup last year. Saina Nehwal comfortably defeated Fabienne Deprez 21-15, 21-10.