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Malaysia Masters Badminton: Saina Nehwal enters semifinals

Saina Nehwal has entered the women’s singles semi-finals of the Malaysia Masters Badminton. In Kuala Lumpur today, she defeated former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.

Seventh-seeded Saina, who had an 8-4 head-to-head record against Okuhara before today, 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 quarterfinal.

The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, who had won the title in 2017 and was a runner-up in the 2011 edition, will face a tough test next when she faces three-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain on tomorrow.


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