India's Saina Nehwal was defeated by 19-year-old Yue Han of China in the Women's singles final of Syed Modi Super 300 International Badminton championship in Lucknow on Sunday.
Yue Han easily put aside Nehwal 21-18, 21-8 in 34 minutes to clinch the title. Nehwal competed fiercely in the first game of the match and at one point the game was at 18-18, Han took control and scored consecutive points to win the first game.
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The 28-year-old Nehwal, playing in her 16th tournament of the season, was not moving well and Han completely dominated the second game to dismantle Saina 21-8 and take the match with ease.
Three-time title holder winner Saina had bounced back from a game down to beat Indonesian Ruselli Hartawan 12-21, 21-7, 21-6 to set up a clash with Yue, who defeated compatriot Li Xuerui 21-15 19-21 21-9 in another semi-final.
Han, ranked 27th in the world, had lost in the finals of the Macau Open and Vietnam Open earlier this year.