KUALA LUMPUR, January 9: Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu on Thursday marched into the quarters of the ongoing Malaysia Masters after registering comfortable wins in their Round of 16 matches.
Nehwal defeated Thailand’s An Se Young 25-23, 21-12 in a match that lasted 38 minutes while Sindhu eased past world no. 19 Aya Ohori with a 21-19, 21-15 win against the unseeded Japanese.
Saina’s first game saw back and forth action between the two shuttlers but the 2012 Olympics beonze medallist kept her nerve towards the end, winning it 25-23. In the second game, the 29-year-old didn’t had to sweat much as her Korean opponent gave up the fight easily.
Sindhu, on the other hand, looked sublime as she breezed past the Japanese in just 34 minutes.
In the men’s singles, Sameer Verma’s campaign ended after he suffered a 19-21, 20-22 defeat against Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in the second round. The hard-fought match between the two lasted 52 minutes with Sameer surrendering to the Malaysian after two close games.
HS Prannoy also went down 14-21, 16-21 against World No.1 Kento Momota of Japan with the battle lasting 45 minutes. (TNN)