- PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal proceeded to the quarter-finals with respective wins in the 2nd Round of the Malaysia Masters.
- The duo have been handed tough draws as Saina takes on Carolina Marin while PV takes on Tai Tzu Ying in the quarters.
- The men's campaign in the competition came to an end with HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma bowing out of the 2nd Round.
Indian women shuttlers performed strongly at the ongoing Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday as PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal cruised into the quarters. However, the men had to bow out of the competition with S Prannoy and Sameer Verma suffering defeats in their respective 2nd-round ties.
The reigning World Champion Sindhu got the better of Japanese shuttler Aya Ohori in two straight sets of 21-10, 21-15. The match that barely lasted over half an hour.
It was Sindhu’s ninth successive win over Ohori. In the quarters, however, the Olympic silver-medallist will take on arch-nemesis and the current World No.2 Tai Tzu Ying. Sindhu lags 5-11 behind the Taiwanese shuttler in terms of head-to-head record.
Nehwal, on the other hand, was set up for an easy tie against South Korea’s An Se Young. Although the fellow Asian shuttler troubled her in the opening tie (25-23 ), Nehwal emerged dominant in the second set that ended 21-12. The compelling contest lasted for 39 minutes.
This was the World No.11’s first victory over Young. The South Korean had got the better of Nehwal in the French Open’s quarter-finals last year.
So only PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal is left for india and one will face TTY, Other will face Marin. Wth ??
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However, the quarter won’t be as straight-forward with Saina taking on the reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin.
Nonetheless, the two-time Commonwealth Champion would take courage from the fact that she was victorious the last time she met the Spaniard at the Indonesia Masters 2019. Their head-to-head record stands at 6-6.
Disappointment for Verma, Prannoy
While it was all merry for Sindhu and Saina, the men had some tough time in the second round of the Malaysian Masters.
Sameer Verma was beaten by the local boy Lee Zii Jia in straight sets of 21-19, 22-20. This was after the Indian was leading for a considerable time in the first game. However, once the Jia got the momentum, he went to win consecutive points and ultimately the match.
The second game was an equally close affair, with the Malaysian again proving to be decisive. The thrilling contest for a good 52 minutes.
Elsewhere, the game between HS Prannoy and top-seeded shuttler Kento Momota was a one-sided affair. The Japanese outshined the Indian shuttler in straight sets of 21-10, 21-15. The 25-year-old had earlier got the better of another Indian, Parupalli Kashyap (21-17, 21-16) in the round of 32.