Saina Nehwal lost to Chinese Li Xuerui in a three set thriller 21-13,17-21,20-22 in the semi finals of Malaysian Open Super Series in Kulala Lumpur just few moments ago. It was a wonderful match as both played some excellent badminton.
In the first game Saina started off on a psotive note taking the first point, but fell behind very quickly at 3-4. After thart both of them were level at 6-6. Saina then took 5 successive points. At the interval it was 11- 6 in favor of Saina. After the interval Saina Nehwal from 11-7 went to a 15-7 lead before both of them earned alternate points till 19-13 in favor of Saina. Saina won the first set 21-13.
The second game also began well for Saina as she took tiny 3-2 lead. Li Xuerui cameback into the game taking a lead of 8-7. After that Saina equalled the score at 10-10. Li Xureui took a slender lead 11-10 at the interval. After the interval Li Xuerui took 2 successive points to make it 13-10. After this exchange, both of them took alternate points till 19-17 in favor of Li Xureui. Li Xuerui took the second game 21-17 to take the game into decider set.
In the final set it was an exciting battle between these two players. Li Xuerui took the first point. Then both of them played some excellent badminton to level at 5-5. After this Saina took 2 points to make it 7-5. At 6-5 Li Xuruei took the review but it went in favor of Saina. At the interval it was 11-7 in favor of Saina. Li Xuerui made a fanastic comeback in the game equaling the score at 12-12. Then brilliant badminton took as both of the players fought for each point. Both of them were equal till 20-20 before Li Xuerui took 2 points to win the match. The match went on for 1 hour and 7 minutes.
With this the Indian challenge in this tournament ends.