Shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday was knocked out of the ongoing Hong Kong Open after facing a defeat in the first round.
Nehwal was defeated by China’s Cai Yan Yan 13-21, 20-22.
The Chinese made an aggressive start to the match and she did not allow Nehwal to get into her groove.
After losing the first game, Nehwal tried to make a comeback in the second game, but the Chinese was up to the task and she wrapped up the match quite comprehensively.
The world number nine Nehwal has had a troubled run in this year as she has now faced exits from a tournament in the first round five times.
Earlier this year, Cai Yan Yan had knocked out Nehwal in the first round of the China Open.