Saina Nehwal's campaign at the Malaysia Masters came to an end on Saturday as she lost 16-21, 13-21 to Spain's Carolina Marin in the semi-final in Kuala Lumpur. The seventh seed from India, a former world number one, had defeated Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to make it to the semi-final round.
Against Marin though, Saina could not put her best on display and bowed out in 40 minutes.
The only Indian to have progressed to the last-four, Saina suffered a second straight defeat at the hands of the reigning world championto. Saina had also lost to Marin at last year's world championships. Saina now trails Marin 5-6 in the overall head-to-head record.
Saina's exit also brings an end to the Indian challenge at the World Super 500 tournament. The country's top-ranked men's singles player - Kidambi Srikanth, had lost in the quarter-final to South Korea's Son Wan Ho on Friday.