Saina Nehwal crashes out of Rio 2016, loses to lower ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14: In yet another heartbreak for India, ace shuttler and country's best medal hopeful, Saina Nehwal lost her second second match of Group G here on Sunday and crashed out of Rio Olympics 2016 after losing to Ukraine here on Sunday (Aug 14).

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Saina, world no. 5, lost to world no. 61, Maria Ulitina, by 18-21, 19-21. Saina got a tough competition from the Ukrainian shuttler.

Saina Nehwal crashes out of Rio 2016, loses to lower ranked Maria Ulitina of Ukraine

The 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist lost the first set but came back strongly in the second set but couldn't maintain the lead.

Earlier, the ace Indian shuttler defeated local hope Vicente Lohaynny 21-17, 21-17 in her opening Group C match in the women singles event here on Aug 11.

Lohaynny being 5-9 down, fought back levelling the game at 10-10. saina just edged past the mid-game interval with a one point lead.

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