Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin, Malaysia Masters Semifinal: Forty minutes is all Carolina Marin needs as she overpowers Saina Nehwal with her high-tempo game in the women’s singles semifinal at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Saina Nehwal loses 16-21, 13-21 Carolina Marin. Earlier, Saina scripted a hard-fought straight-game win over former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to enter the women’s singles semifinals in the USD 350,00 0 Malaysia Masters on Friday. Seventh-seeded Saina, who had an 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 quarterfinal at the Axiata Arena. 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 Saturday. Saina has defeated Marin five times and has lost to the Spaniard as many times in the last 10 meetings.

HIGHLIGHTS – SAINA vs MARIN, MALAYSIA MASTERS 2019 SEMIFINAL FROM AXIATA ARENA, KUALA LUMPUR

11.25 IST:

11.23 IST: Forty minutes is all Carolina Marin needs as she overpowers Saina Nehwal with her high-tempo game in the semi-final.

Saina Nehwal loses 16-21, 13-21 to Carolina Marin

11.20 IST: Marin closes it out in style, she defeats Saina Nehwal 21-16, 21-13 to book a place in the final of Malaysia Masters

11.19 IST: One matchpoint saved by Saina, Marin still leads 20-13. Huge roar from the Indian but it is all too late here..

11.15 IST: Saina is being pushed all around the court but she is hanging on, Marin is still leading 16-11 in the second game.

11.11 IST: Break! Saina 6-11 Marin. Carolina’s high tempo game has proved to be a bit much for the Saina needs something special to avoid a straight-games defeat.

11:07 IST: Marin again clinches back-to-back points after losing the first point to Saina. The Spaniard leads 4-1.

11:04 IST: The second game begins!

11.02 IST:

11.00 IST: Marin draws first blood! Saina Nehwal 16-21 Carolina Marin. Both players won points in clusters but it was Marin who put together a decisive run from 14-14 to take the first game in this semifinal.

10.58 IST: Saina saves two of those game points and trails 16-20 in the first game against Marin

10.57 IST: It’s been all Marin since. She has won 6 points in a row to have 6 game points at 20-14 vs Saina.

10.54 IST: A delightful drop shot from Saina makes it 14-14 in the opening game against Marin.

10.51 IST: Carolina Marin is spitting fire now, she leads 11-9 at the break in the first game against Saina Nehwal. However, the Indian has somehow managed to make a comeback with four points in a row. What a turnaround.

10.46 IST: Marin has bounced back after losing four points to Saina, the Spaniard takes seven points on the trot, Marin Leads 9-5 vs Saina

10:41 IST: The first game begins between Saina and Marin, and what a strong start by the Indian. She races away to a 3-point lead. Saina 4-1 Marin

10.30 IST: Both Saina and Marin are now on the court, the two players are warming up before the big semis clash.

10.25 IST: We are just moments away from the start of the highly-anticipated women’s singles semifinal between two powerhouses of modern day sport – Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin.

10.15 IST: In their last meeting, Marin defeated the CWG Gold-medallist Saina at the coveted World Championship last year.

10.10 IST: In the men’s singles draw, Kidambi Srikanth crashed out in the quarterfinals. after losing to fourth seed Korean Son Wan Ho 23-21, 16-21, 17-21

10.03 IST: In the head-to-head record, Saina has defeated Marin five times and has lost to the Spaniard as many times in the last 10 meetings.

09.56 IST:

09.51 IST: Saina won the title in Malaysia in 2017 and was a runner-up in the 2011 edition.

09.40 IST:

09.35 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the highly anticipated clash between Indian ace Saina Nehwal and Spanish champ Carolina Marin from the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Brief Preview: 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 on Friday. Seventh-seeded Saina, who had an 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 quarterfinal at the Axiata Arena.

“Again a great match with @nozomi_o11 .. nice to b on the winning side .. 21-18, 23-21 #quarterfinals #malaysiamasterssuper500,” tweeted Saina after the match. 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 Saturday. (Read Full Match Report)