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.
In the men’s singles, Sameer Verma faltered in the second round, losing to Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia 19-21 20-22. HS Prannoy also lost his match 4-21 16-21 to Kento Momota.
. #PeroduaMalaysiaMasters 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣ Updates! 🔔 @NSaina ✅ @Pvsindhu1 ✅@sameerv2210 ❌@PRANNOYHSPRI ❌#SainaNehwal & #PVSindhu are through to the quarterfinals while #SameerVerma & #Prannoy lost their respective matches.#IndiaontheRise#badminton pic.twitter.com/xkmFnzPwG9
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This leaves only Saina and Sindhu remaining in the draw at the Malaysia Masters, with them having drawn formidable opponents Carolina Marin and Tai Tzu Ying in their next matches respectively.
Sixth seed Sindhu notched up a commanding 21-10 21-15 victory over Japan’s Aya Ohori in a pre-quarterfinal match lasting just 34 minutes. It was Sindhu’s ninth successive win over Ohori.
The 24-year-old Indian, who won the World Championships in Basel last year, will take on either world number 1 Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in her quarterfinal match.
Saina, who had won the Indonesia Masters last year before going through a rough patch, dispatched South Korea’s An Se Young 25-23 21-12 after a thrilling 39-minute contest to make the last eight.
This is Saina’s first win over the South Korean, who got the better of the Indian in the quarterfinals of the French Open last year.
The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will next take on Olympic champion Carolina Marin.
Saina had defeated Lianne Tan of Belgium 21-15 21-17 in the opening round on Wednesday.
(With PTI inputs)
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