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Kuala Lumpur, January 9, 2020
Ace Indian women shuttlers P. V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal came up with spectacular performances as they won their respective second-round matches to enter the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Masters here on Thursday.
However, it was curtains for Indian men shuttlers as both Sameer Verma and H. S. Prannoy crashed out of the tournament.
Saina, the London Olympics bronze medalist, defeated eighth-seeded An Se Young 25-23, 21-12 of South Korea in a match that lasted for 39 minutes.
In the first game, Saina was made to work hard by the 17-year-old as both the shuttlers kept going at each other. But, it was the Indian who had the last laugh and ultimately won the game 25-23.
The Hyderabad shuttler, however, didn''t have to sweat too much in the second game as she won comfortably by a 21-12 margin to enter the last eight of the competition. Saina will now face Rio Olympic gold medalist Carolina Marin of Spain.
Sindhu also easily got the better of Japan's Aya Ohori, winning the match 21-10, 21-15 in just 34 minutes. After a one-sided contest in the first game, the Japanese showed some improvement but it wasn't enough to stop the experienced Sindhu in the next game.
On the other hand, Sameer went down in a hard-fought battle against Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia. The Indian missed a quarter-final berth narrowly as he suffered a 21-19, 21-20 loss in a closely fought match, lasting for 52 minutes.
Prannoy, too, bowed out after going down 21-14, 21-16 to ace Japanese shuttler Kento Momota in a 45-minute affair.