Now She looks like a pale shadow of her past glory. Now Saina was competing in Year end world Badminton Super Series Finals. In this mega event Nehwal did not start well. She lost in her first round match. World number-6 Saina Lost in opener of the tournament. In Group-B First Round Match Saina lost her match with 21-19, 22-24, 19-21 against world number-13 Minatsu Mitani. Saina played well in first game.
She got early lead and than she lost her control on the game. Purticularly in in second game Saina was played well but mistakes in crucial time cost her the game. Mitani did well in crunch moments she managed to over come the pressure and won the game. This is first warning bell for Saina who will in facing trouble in this year.
She had to face world number one Li Xuerui (China) in next round. So its looks like difficult task For Nehwal to reach Semifinals. Top Two players in the each group will make the Knock out stage. So If Saina lost in her next match she will remain empty hands this year. So Saina have to cross China Hurdle.