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-Bibek Bhattacharya, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
The Indian Express in its 5th April, 2015 edition reported that ace Indian shuttler ,Saina Nehwal lost her World No 1 spot after a defeat to Li Xuerui in the semifinals of the Malaysian Super Series Premier.The match went to the wire which the Chinese won 13-21, 21-17, 22-20.
This was Nehwal’s ninth defeat at the hands of Xuerrui in 11 meetings.Carolina Marin (currently No. 2) has also reached the finals.Although Nehwal took the first set 21-13, Xuerui was by far the better player on court and had the last laugh.
Though Nehwal’s stay at the top was short-lived ,her fans should be proud of the fact that she is the only player apart fom Xuerui to reach the no 1 spot in the last 28 months.In the future ,she will continue in her role of the stubborn chaser and Xuerui must beware of this Indian legend.