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Former World No.1 shuttler Saina Nehwal faced one more painful defeat in the international tournament. This time the brilliant Indian player lost to Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the very first round of China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament. The 29-year-old experienced shuttler fall short by 10-21, 17-21 to World No. 8 Busanan. The Thailand star took just 44 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium to outplay the Indian on Wednesday.

The London Olympic bronze medallist Saina didn’t look in her savage form while playing against Busanan in the campaign opener on Wednesday as she could manage to earn only 27 out of 69 points in the game. While the remaining 42 went to Thai’s favour. This is not the first time when she lost to the Thai shuttler as earlier in her last meeting with Busanan also she flattened very badly. Ever since Saina come back from her stomach injury things didn’t go well for her in badminton as she lost all of her past events back to back.

There is no doubt in saying that 2019 hasn’t been a great year for the Indian veteran as earlier in New Zealand Open 2019, she lost to Chinese Tyro Wang Zhiyi with a margin of  6-21, 23-21, 4-21. World No. 212 Zhiyi edged past World No. 9 Nehwal in the very first match of the tournament and pushed her out the game in just one hour and seven minutes of action. Not only this, but she also fell short in Singapore Open 2019. In that tournament, she was toppled by second-seeded Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the quarter-finals. The Japanese star thrashed the Indian shuttler by 21-8 21-13 in women’s singles. Though Saina had defeated the Japanese star three times in her past meetings but this time she fell short against her.

In All England Open also, she went down against the top-notch player in the World, Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan who took just 37 minutes to edge past Indian star by 15-21, 19-21 scoreline. The only competition won by the Indian shuttler in this year was the Indonesia Masters in January where she defeated Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin. But the celebration was also short-lived as after that Saina won none of the badminton tournaments.