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Saina loses again in Super Series finals

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is virtually out of the semifinal race of BWF World Super Series finals after losing her second consecutive Group B match in the USD 500,000 event on Thursday.

The world number 3 Indian surrendered 13-21, 16-21 to Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, a day after Denmark's Tine Baun stunned Saina 14-21, 21-11, 19-21. Seeded fourth, Saina looked a pale shadow of herself right from the start of the opening game as her Thai opponent took a 14-5 lead. The 22-year-old Hyderabadi, however, made a spirited comeback by winning seven consecutive points to reduce the lead to 14-12.

Leading 15-13, Ratchanok had the last laugh and riding on her fierce smashes, the Thai girl won six straight points to pocket the first game. Trailing by a game, Saina fought back in the second game. It was neck-and-neck between the two till 16 points when Ratchanok again took off and bagged the next five points on the trot to clinch the match.
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