Former junior national champion, Tanvi Lad finished runners-up at the Swiss International Challenge badminton tournament after suffering a straight-game defeat against USA’s Beiwen Zhang in the women’s singles competition at Yverdon-Ies-Bains, Switzerland.

World No. 67 Tanvi had reached her maiden international final on Sunday after beating seventh seed Yuka Kusunose of Japan in the semifinal but she could not produce her best in the summit clash and went down 12-21, 12-21 in a 26-minute match.

In the first game, Tanvi failed to get anywhere near the American, who opened up a slender 3-0 lead early on and then kept increasing the gap to eventually pocket the game. In the second game, Tanvi came to 9-10 but she could not challenge Zhang further, who broke off after that and sealed the match comfortably in the end.PTI