Sindhu knocked out of Malaysia Masters
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Reigning world champion P V Sindhu was knocked out of the Malaysia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament after losing in straight games to top seed Tai Tzu Ying here on Friday.
The Chinese Taipei world number two beat the Indian 21-16 21-16 in the quarterfinal, extending her head to head record to 12-5.
This was Sindhu's second consecutive loss to Tzu Ying. She had lost to her at the quarterfinals of the French open in October last year.
Sindhu was erratic in the start, failing to capitalise on her leads and eventually lost the first game 16-21 to hand a 1-0 advantage to Tzu Ying.
In the second game, Sindhu could do little as Tzu Ying completely dominated the proceedings from start to end.
Trailing 11-20, Sindhu saved six match points but it was too late as Tzu Ying sealed the game 21-16.
In another quarterfinal match, Saina Nehwal will clash with Olympic champion Spaniard Carolina Marin.
In pre-quarterfinal match, sixth seed Sindhu notched up a commanding 21-10, 21-15 victory over Japan's Aya Ohori and Saina Nehwal beat eighth seed An Se Young of South Korea 25-23, 21-12 yesterday.
In the men's singles, India's challenge ended after both Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy crashed out in the second round. 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.