India's rising badminton star Saina Nehwal on Monday said her opponent's technical superiority cost her the title at the World Junior badmintion championships in South Korea last week.
Saina was one step away from making history but faltered at the last hurdle, losing to Wang Yihan of China in the girls' singles final 13-21, 9-21.
The 16-year-old Hyderabadi girl said she had little energy left when she played the summit clash.
"I was tired but my game was excellent... Wang caught me more on the rallies and her deep strokes were very effective. I could have played much better," Saina said on her arrival from Korea.
"I never thought that I would play the finals. All the competitors were really good," she told NDTV.
The next major assignment for Saina is the Asian Games at Doha from December 1 to 15.
"I am playing pretty well and need to work hard," the said the teenager who will be using the upcoming Seniors Asian Satellite tournament in Mumbai from Nov 14 for honing her skills further.
"Mumbai is my home town and I hope to do well. But many other countries are participating in this tournament so it will be a tough competition."