Saina Nehwal Loses in Malaysia Open Super Series Premier after losing the semifinal contest against Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Yingin the women’s singles event on Saturday.

The Olympic bronze medalist, who slumped to 8 in the latest world rankings, was beaten 21-19, 21-13 by Tai Tzu Yingin in a contest that lasted 34 minutes. Olympic bronze medalist Saina, who has lost to the World No. 9 Tai Tzu 7 times in 12 meetings, including a All England quarterfinal loss last month, once again failed to find a way to outmanoeuvre the Chinese taipei girl, going down 19-21 13-21 here.

Earlier, Saina had lost in the semifinals of the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and India Super Series.

The second game stated on even keel as both the shuttlers moved together till 6-6 before Tai Tzu opened a 11-9 lead at the interval. At 10-13, Tai Tzu challenged a line call and the chair umpire ended up giving her two points, which took some time to be sorted.

After the break, the one-way traffic we saw in the first game once again resurfaced. Saina struggled to score points, while Tai Tzu Ying was running away with it. The Chinese Taipei shuttler won it 21-13 in the end and finished off the 26-year old Indian’s hopes of a final appearance.

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