World No :1 Shutler Saina Nehwal Lost to Chinese Player to Li Xuerui With 3-1 :
Kuala Lumpur: World No. 1 shuttler,Ace Indian badminton Player Saina Nehwal went down in her women’s singles semi-final to reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui at the $500,000 Malaysia Open Superseries Premier on Saturday.
The Chinese beat the third seeded Indian in a marathon match that lasted an hour and eight minutes with the top seed prevailing 13-21, 21-17, 22-20 at the Putra Stadium.
With the win, Saina, who won the India Open Super Series last week, once again failed to come good against Xuerui, who has now beaten the Indian nine times in 11 meetings. also ending the Indian challenge at the tournament.
Before her semifinal win over the Indian, the two-time World Championship silver medallist had defeated Saina eight times, while the Indian beat her twice — once during the 2010 Singapore Open and then at 2012 Indonesia Open.Xuerui, who had withdrawn from the BWF World Super series last year due to an injury and also skipped India Super Series last week.The newly crowned World No. 1 started in perfect fashion to clinch the first game in dominating style. Though the Chinese matched Saina’s shots till 6-all, the Hyderabadi stamped her authority to take flight and quickly seal the first game.
The second game was a neck-and-neck fight till 18-17, in favour of Xuerui, who held her nerve to win the last three points and push the match into the decider.
The third game was an even more hotly contested one. Saina held the advantage at 12-17 but the former World No. 1 won five straight points to close the gap. Thereon, both shuttlers did not allow the other more than a point’s difference.
But at 20-all, the most crucial point of the match, Xuerui showed the killer attitude to smash the next two points and enter the final.