Malaysia Masters: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu progress to quarters, Sameer Verma bows out | Badminton News

KUALA LUMPUR: 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 while Sindhu eased past 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 out much as her Korean opponent gave up the fight easily.

Sindhu, on the other hand, looked sublime as she breezed past the Japanses 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 in front of the Malaysian after two close games.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Saina outclassed Belgium’s Lianne Tan 21-15, 21-17 while Sindhu overcame Evgeniya Kosetskaya’s (Russia) resistance to move into the pre-quarters.

Men’s shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth lost their matches to Kento Momota and Chou Tien Chen respectively, crashing out of the tournament in the first rounds itself.

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