10:50 IST: Saina grabs a point but Marin is in the lead. She has already bagged three points. Successive points for her. Saina’s fault and she concedes yet another point. Carolina leading 5-2.
10:48 IST: The much-awaited women’s quarter-final clash is underway. Saina starts off proceeding. And the first point goes to Marin. Brilliant right from the start. Makes Saina sway on both sides and finishes it with a cross court smash. 1-0.
10:43 IST: Up next India’s Saina Nehwal and Spain’s Carolina Marin. Bingjiao He beats Tzu Ying Tai in women’s singles event in three sets 21-18, 7-21, 21-13. Stay tuned for more updates. The pre-match formalities are done. Saina and Marin at the court engaged in a practice rally.
10:38 IST: Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong win the mixed doubles match against Rankireddy and Ponappa. The beat the Indian mixed doubles pair in straight sets of 21-17, 21-10. Saina Nehwal will be shortly in action.
10: 28 IST: Rankireddy and Ponappa have lost the first game but the significant difference in the rankings of the pairs isn’t reflecting in the difference of points. Just a 21-17 loss but the Indian pair is looking to do better in the Game 2. Bingjiao He, meanwhile, is looking like the most likely winner in the women’s singles clash.
10: 14 IST: The Game 1 of Mixed doubles clash at BWF World Championships is presently underway and the Indian pairing of Rankireddy and Ponappa is trailing by a few points. The women’s singles match between Tzu Ying Tai and Bingjiao looks to be going into the third set which means there will be a further delay in the start of the Saina vs Marin match.
09: 57 IST: The mixed doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponappa and S Rankireddy has arrived on the court to take on a pair of Chinese shuttlers – Huang Ya Quing and Zheng Si Wei. There’s a major difference in the rankings of the two sets of shuttlers. While the Chinse pair is ranked No. 2, the Indian is at No. 40.
09: 45 IST: The women’s singles match between Tzu Ying Tai and Bingjiao He are the shuttlers presently in action and post the conclusion of their match, Saina Nehwal will come up against Spain’s Carolina Marin. It’s only the first set which is under action between Tai and He right now. Stay tuned for latest updates!
09: 30 IST: The mixed-doubles match of S Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa has witnessed some delay in the start because of the preceding matches. The situation is likely to affect the start time of the match between Saina Nehwal and Carolina Marin too. Stay tuned for live updates from the Day 5’s action at BWF World Championships 2018.
09: 18 IST: If Saina Nehwal beats Carolina Marin today, she will face the winner of the match between Tai Tzu Ying and He Bingjiao. Though Saina is the only active player in this edition of the competition who has made it to the quarters at each of the previous eight World Championships, it’s the higher-ranked Spaniard who will be the favourite.
Saina Nehwal continued her good form in major tournaments as she defeated Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 21-19 in a game that lasted 47 minutes to enter the quarter-finals of the 2018 BWF World Championships. With the victory, Saina set up a mouth-watering clash with 2016 Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin. The two shuttlers are closely matched in head-to-head encounters, but it’s Saina who edges by a narrow 5-4 ratio. In terms of the two shuttlers’ overall record this year, Saina has won 24 of her 32 matches while Marin has won 23 of her 29. It’s the recent form where Marin seems to have an edge of Saina, as the Spanish shuttler has won 8 of her past 10 games while the Indian has only emerged victorious in 5 of them.