After giving a triumphant show in the quarterfinals, Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the Malaysia Masters 2019 semifinals at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
The Indian badminton player lost to three time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain with a scoreline 16-21, 13-21. The battle lasted for 40 minutes.
Earlier in the game, the seventh seeded Saina looked in good touch taking the lead by 4-2 and she was in pretty good form till the score was 9-all. But the world champion from Spain gunning for his second elusive title here took the lead and gained 6 consecutive points with the score reading 20-14.
The exciting 20-minute first set closed at 21-16 with Marin’s win.
The second set began with the world champion gaining lead over Saina. At the interval of the second game, the scoreline read 13-8 with Marin quite distant from Nehwal.
After the interval, Saina under pressure showed some fight in the long rallies but she still trailed to Marin at 10-17. Later, Marin took the lead with 20-12 before Saina showed some resistance and the game was all lost at 21-13.
The Indian team hopes in the Malaysian Masters 2019 derails with Saina’s loss before men’s shuttler Kidambi Srikanth went down fighting in 3 sets (23-21, 16-21, 17-21) to fourth seeded Korean Son Wan Ho in the quarterfinals on January 18.
The Indian women doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy were knocked out in straight sets (18-21, 17-21) to the Indonesian pair of Istarani and Pradipta on January 17.
PV Sindhu did not participated in the tournament and had to rest herself. In her career, Sindhu has won this tournament twice.