Indian challenge came to an end at the All England Open Badminton Championships with PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal losing their quarter-final matches to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and Sung Ji Hyun of Korea respectively on Friday.
Olympic silver medallist Sindhu failed to overcome World No 1 Ying and crashed out of the championship with a straight-game loss. However, Saina put up a brave show before going down 20-22, 20-22 to World No 3 Hyun in a match that lasted 53 minutes.
The World No 6 Sindhu, who had beaten Tai Tzu en route to her Rio Games silver, was erratic and couldn't break the defense of the Chinese Taipei shuttler, to go down 14-21, 10-21 in 34 minutes at the Barclaycard Arena. With this win, Tai Tzu entered her third successive semi-finals of the prestigious tournament.
Sindhu tried to change the pace but Tai Tzu was always a step ahead and she eventually earned the bragging rights when the Indian lost a video referral.
Later, the world no 10 Saina blew 17-12 and 9-6 leads in the two games to go down fighting against Sung in a 54-minute battle to drew curtains on India's campaign.
A fighting Saina once again saved the three match points but only to allow Sung grab the crucial two points to end her campaign.