Seeded third, Saina went down 15-21 19-21 to her lower ranked opponent in just 39 minutes in Kowloon. Before today's match, Saina held a 5-2 edge over her Taipei rival. Last time the two met, the Indian had defeated Ying in the semifinals of Swiss Open in 2013.

World No. 4 Saina, who recently won the title at China Open, looked pretty rusty . The girl from Hyderabad was a pale shadow of herself in the opening game before she fought back in the second, but failed to make it to the next round.

Breaking away from a 2-2 tie in the first game, there was no looking back for the Taipei girl. She just kept on extending the lead, even as Saina played the catch-up game. Although Saina tried her best, she always trailed behind Ying, seeded sixth. By the end of the opening round, the Taipei girl had surged ahead wrapping it up 21-15.

The Olympic bronze medalist, however, pulled up her socks in the second game and came up with a much-improved show. It turned out to be a closely fought affair as the game tilted from one end to another and the two shuttlers were tied at 19-19. But the World No. 9 Ying came up with two consecutive winners just when it mattered most to seal the issue in her favour, thereby making it to the semifinals.

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