Indian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal’s dream of defending her women’s singles title came crashing as she suffered a straight-game defeat to Olympic Champion Li Xuerui in the finals of the China Open Super Series Premier.

Top seed Saina, committed a litany of unforced errors to go down 12-21 15-21 against World no. 7 Li Xuerui this is the third instance this year that the World No. 1 has come out Second Best.