Saina Nehwal lost in semis to the top-seeded Yihan Wang of China in the women's singles semi-final of the Olympic Games.
Saina was beaten 13-21, 13-21 by the world's top woman's badminton player in a mere 42 minutes match.
Saina, however, bagged the bronze medal when her opponent - Xin Wang – who is currently world no. 2, withdrew from the bronze medal contest as she twisted her knee in the latter half of the opening game. Xin Wang took the first set 21-18 and was 1-0 in the second set before she withdrew.
Providing a silver lining to India’s medal quest, unheralded army man Vijay Kumar clinched the second place in the 25m rapid-fire event. He had earlier won a couple of golds at the Commonwealth Games.
All of 26, this army man from Himachal Pradesh held his nerves in the final of the event and was assured of the silver even before he could shoot in his final round.
"I had mentally prepared myself for this moment," he told reporters. "Being in the army has made me mentally tough and I used that to my advantage. Whatever I had planned, I have achieved."