Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal is set to lose her recently acquired world no. 1 ranking after she lost to Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the semifinals of the Malaysian Open badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur. Saina lost 21-13 17-21 20-22 to world number three Li in a gruelling match at Putra Stadium. Xuerui has beaten the Indian nine times in 11 meetings.
Saina had become the world no. 1 for her exploits in the India Open triumph last week only.