Sloppy Saina suffers another defeat; semis hopes in tatters

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal faced the prospect of an early exit after suffering a second consecutive defeat, going down to Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in a Group B match of the BWF World Superseries Finals here on Thursday.

A bad season only got worse for Saina as the World No 6, who has not won a single title this year, failed to recover from the opening match loss and suffered a 9-21, 14-21 defeat.

Correction

* A PTI report erroneously mentioned that Saina had defeated Minatsu Mitani of Japan in her first group match of the Super Series Finals on Thursday.  The error is regretted.

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