Saina Nehwal suffered a straight-game defeat at the hands of sixth seed Yanjiao Jiang of China in the quarterfinals to crash out of the Korea Super Series in Seoul today.
The fourth seed Indian lost 17-21 10-21 to the world number six Jiang in a 36-minute battle in the women’s singles competition.
The 21-year-old started of well in the opening game and was leading 5-1 but couldn’t sustain the pressure as the Chinese drew parity at 8-8 and then kept widening the gap,moving to 14-10.
Saina tried to come back,gaining a few points but Jiang managed to keep her nose ahead and pocketed the first game.
In the second game,Saina put up a fight but it lasted till 7-6 as the Chinese reeled off six points on the trot to surge ahead and held her fort to enter the semifinals.
The world number four Indian will next play in the Malaysia Open starting on January 10.
In the mixed doubles competition,Indian pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju waged a grim battle before going down in straight games to the third seeded combo of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark.
The World number 14 Indian combo lost 19-21 12-21 to the Denmark combo in a 34-minute hard-fought match.
Jwala and Diju fought tooth and nail in the first game and moved neck to neck till 11-11,when the Denmark duo opened up a narrow three-point lead.
The Indians caught up at 15-15 but Nielsen and Pedersen broke the deadlock at 17-17 to pocket the first game.
In the second game,the Indian pair had surged to a 4-1 lead but their rivals drew parity at 5-5 before breaking off 8-8. The Denmark combo moved in giant steps and held their fort to advance to the semifinals.