Defending champion Saina Nehwal knocked out of Indonesia Super Series

An erratic Saina Nehwal failed to defend her title at the Indonesian Super Series Premier after suffering a three-game defeat to Germany's Juliane Schenk in the semifinals of the women's singles competition here on Saturday.

updated: June 15, 2013 18:34 IST
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Jakarta: Saina saved two game points but Juliane soon roared back into the contest with an elegant cross-court flick at the nets which caught the Indian napping at the forecourt.

In the decider, Saina looked to play more rallies but Juliane matched the Indian and waited for her to commit mistakes. Saina once again started hitting long and wide to allow Juliane to get hold of the lead at 6-4.

Juliane looked at ease and her smashes and aggressive net play left Saina looking for answers as the German went into the breather at 11-5.

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