Saina Nehwal sinks in semi final of Malaysia Open

In the second game, Tai once again opened up a 8-3 lead. Saina tried to break Tai's game but the Chinese Taipei girl was well prepared for the challenge as she led 11-6 at the breather.

updated: January 19, 2013 15:49 IST
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Kuala Lumpur: India's ace shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a shock straight-game defeat at the hands of world number 12 Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese Taipei in the semifinal to crash out of the Malaysia Open Super Series on Saturday.

World number two Saina was not in her elements as she failed to break the solid defence of Tai, who played like a girl possessed to notch up a 22-20 21-14 win in a 35-minute match.

The sixth seed was better at the nets and also used her smashes to good effect against Saina, who succumbed to her second loss to Tai. The Taipei girl had defeated the Indian during the Denmark Open in 2011.

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