Saina Nehwal crashed out of Hong Kong open as she lost to Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan-yi 8-21, 21-18, 19-21 in the quarters, on Friday.
Saina lost the first game 8-21 in just 12 minutes, but made a comeback in the second game to beat Ngan-yi 21-18 to take the match to the final round.
The local shuttler held her nerves in the third game to beat Saina 19-21 to reach the semi-finals of the Superseries.
Saina is on a comeback trail after recovering from a serious knee injury,
Earlier in the day, PV Sindhu defeated Indonesia’s Liang Xiaoyu, 21-17, 21-23, 21-18 to reach the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open.