Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal made a shock exit from the Singapore Super Series after losing her women’s singles quarterfinal to Indonesia's Lindaweni Fanetri, in Singapore on Friday.
The world number two Indian squandered a one-game lead to go down 21-17 13-21 13-21 in little less than hour against unseeded Fanetri at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
It was a neck-and-neck battle till the first 10 points of the opening game before Saina took a three point lead at 14-11. The Indian increased her lead to 17-13 before Fanetri clawed her way back to reduce the margin to just one point at 18-17.
But Saina regained her composure and pocketed three straight points to close the game in her favour. The Indonesian, however, started the second game on a bright note and opened up a 7-4 lead over Saina.
Riding on her smashes and delicate net play, Fanetri increased her lead to 19-10 before sealing the game in her favour to level the scores.
The win in the second game gave immense confidence to Fanetri of registering an upset victory over her higher-ranked opponent as she carried on her good form to open up a 12-3 lead over Saina with clear winners.
The Indonesian did not give any chance to Saina to make a comeback as she increased her lead to 19-9 before giving the knockout punch to the Indian.
Slips to number 4
A prolonged lean patch has taken a toll on Saina Nehwal's ranking as the Indian shuttler has dropped two places to fourth in the latest women's singles chart.