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Malaysia Masters: Saina, Sindhu enter quarterfinals

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Last updated on: January 09, 2020 15:24 IST
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Saina Nehwal completed a comfortable win to move into the 2nd round

IMAGE: Saina Nehwal completed a comfortable win to move into the 2nd round. Photograph: BAI Media/Twitter

Saina Nehwal and reigning world champion P V Sindhu produced dominating performances to progress to the women's singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

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 or seventh seed South Korean Sung Ji Hyun in the quarterfinals.

 

Saina, who had won the Indonesia Masters last year before going through a rough patch, dispatched Young 25-23, 21-12 after a thrilling 39-minute contest.

This is Saina's first win over the South Korean, who got the better of the Indian in the quarter-finals of the French Open last year.

The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will next take on Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the quarter-finals.

Saina had defeated Lianne Tan of Belgium in the opening round on Wednesday.

In the men's singles, India's challenge ended after both Sameer Verma and H S Prannoy crashed out in the second round.

While Verma lost to Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia 19-21, 20-22, Prannoy was shown the door by top seed Kento Momota of Japan 14-21, 16-21.

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