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Nehwal falters

Kuala Lumpur: After two successive defeats, Saina Nehwal finally managed to post a hard-fought win over Yeon Ju Bae of Korea in her last Group B match but it was not good enough to ensure a semi-final berth, in the BWF World Superseries Finals, on Friday.

The 23-year-old registered a 21-11, 17-21, 21-13 win over Bae in a match that last for one hour. It was Saina’s sixth victory over Bae, who had an upper hand against the Indian recently in French Super Series and World Championship.

Saina had suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Minatsu Mitani of Japan and world No. 1 Chinese shuttler Li Xuerui in her two matches of Group B.

Meanwhile, Saina is expected to return to the Senior National Badminton Championships after a gap of six years. The event will be held at in New Delhi from December 16-23.        (Agencies)