Saina Nehwal and reigning World Champion PV Sindhu produced dominating performances to progress to the women’s singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament on Thursday.
PV Sindhu crashed out of the ongoing Malaysia Masters in the quarter-final stage with a straight-game loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in Kuala Lumpur on Friday. Saina Nehwal also went down quite tamely to Carolina Marin of Spain in her quarter-final clash.
Sindhu went down to the top seed 16-21 in just 36 minutes, extending her head-to-head record to 12-5. This was Sindhu's second consecutive loss to Tzu Ying. She had lost to her at the quarterfinals of the French Open in October last year.
Sindhu was erratic at the start, failing to capitalize on her leads and eventually lost the first game 16-21 to hand a 1-0 advantage to Tzu Ying. In the second game, Sindhu could do little as Tzu Ying completely dominated the proceedings from start to end. Trailing 11-20, Sindhu saved six match points but it was too late as Tzu Ying sealed the game 21-16. Nehwal lost to Marin 8-21 7-21 in exactly 30 minutes, to bring an end to India's challenge at the Malaysia Masters.
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