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Former World No. 1 shuttler Saina Nehwal continued with her flop show in the international badminton tournaments. In the ongoing China Open 2019 also, star Indian player Nehwal went down against local star Yan Yan Cai in the very first round on Wednesday. World No. 8 experienced badminton star lost to World No. 22 Chinese opponent with a great margin of 9-21, 12-21 in a two-set match. Cai took only 24 minutes of action to knock out the Indian legend from the prestigious event.

The Chinese professional grabbed control of the game in her hands right from the beginning of the first set against Saina Nehwal. She got off an excellent start as she easily took the lead in front of struggling Nehwal.  As a result, the first set was ended in favour of Cai with a 21-9 scoreline. After this, it was no looking back for the local star as she kept dominating the high-ranked player in the thrilling opener. However, Nehwal tried to bounce back in the game but it was too late to redeem herself. Eventually, Nehwal crashed out from another international event after the French Open 2019.

In the recently concluded French Open tournament, Saina Nehwal outclassed by South Korea’s An Se Young who came like a storm and crushed all her winning hopes in the quarterfinals. The charismatic Korean Young defeated the Indian superstar Nehwal with a close margin of 22-20, 23-21 in edgy quarterfinals round. The aggressive Korean took just 49 minutes to wrap up the show with an impressive win against the Indian opponent.

Meanwhile, in China Open 2019, Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyap successfully moved to the second round after defeating World No. 21 Thammasin Sitthikom of Thailand by 21-14, 21-13 verdict in men’s singles category. With this blockbuster show in the opener, the Indian professional also clinched his maiden win over Thai player in their three meetings so far. Now he will sweat out in the court to book his spot in the quarterfinals. It will be interesting to see whether the brilliant player Kashyap will be able to clinch the lustrous title of China Open 2019 or not.