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Saina Nehwal's fantabulous winning streak in the Indonesia Masters came to an unexpected halt in the finals as former World number one got outplayed by Taiwanese Tai Tzu Ying in the women's singles 9-21, 13-21 in Jakarta on Sunday.
While Saina had to settle for silver after the 27-minute game, her overall performance in the tournament was applaudable. Throughout the match, Saina was seen struggling to play but refused to give up whereas Ying's badminton kept creating its magic.
Notably, Saina marked her first official entry into a major's final with today's match post suffering from a knee injury back in August 2016. However, instead of being disheartened by her defeat, Nehwal took a lesson from the inspiring match.
Happy to b on the podium but have to learn from this match and b ready for the next tournament ????..Thank u all for the wishes and support ???????? pic.twitter.com/Fvu14Rln7y— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 28, 2018
With rejuvenated spirit, Sania is ready to work harder for her next tournament. She expressed her gratitude towards her team and Coach through a heartfelt message on Twitter. "Would like to thank Gopi Sir and the team for the support .. Need to work even harder," she wrote.
Sania was trailing behind Tzu Ying in both the game by 11-5 as her opponent maintained calm demeanour throughout the match. Despite playing remarkably, Indian shuttler lost the final game to the Chinese Taipei girl. Depressingly, Saina lost a seventh consecutive match to Tzu Ying.