SHAH ALAM (MALAYSIA), April 9: Saina Nehwal�s semifinal jinx continued as she suffered another defeat against her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in women�s singles competition to draw curtains on Indian challenge at the Malaysia Super Series Premier here today.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who has lost to the World No. 9 Tai Tzu seven times in 12 meetings, including a All England quarterfinal loss last month, once again failed to find a way to outmanoeuvre the Chinese taipei girl, going down 19-21, 13-21 here.
This was Saina�s third successive loss in the semifinals after the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and India Super Series. The World No 8 Indian will next play at the Singapore Open starting from April 12th at Singapore City.
Tai Tzu came up with a deceptive game and engaged in some fierce fast-paced rallies with Saina. The Indian, who recently recovered from a nagging ankle injury, was erratic and wasn�t consistent enough to close out the rallies.
Playing against an opponent who has always troubled her, Saina once again trailed 0-7 behind and then 6-13 after the break. The Indian did gather some points with her acute angled returns but Tai Tzu was always a step ahead. Saina also committed too many unforced errors.
It was failure to return a powerful smash from Tai Tzu which gave the Chinese taipei girl six game points at 20-14. However, Saina didn�t give up the fight and saved as many as five game points with Tai Tzu hitting wide and long. In the end, it was a delectable drop after an engrossing rally which caught the Indian off guard at the forecourt and gave the Chinese Caipei girl, the opening game. � PTI