Both reigning World Champion PV Sindhu and Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal crashed out of their respective Malaysia Masters women’s singles event after losing to Tai Tzu Ying and Carolina Marin in their quarter-final clashes in Kuala Lumpur.
Sindhu went down 16-21, 16-21 to Taiwan’s Tzu Ying after a fighting first game. The duo were tied at 15-15 before the Taiwanese shuttler went on a four-point winning streak and took the game away.
The second game was dominated by Tzu Ying as she opened up a nine-point gap before the Olympic silver medallist brought it down to five points. But this wasn’t enough as world no. 2 Ying finished off the match soon after.
With the loss, Sindhu has now been shown the door for the second consecutive time by Tzu Ying. Earlier, she had lost to the same opponent at the quarterfinals of the French open last October.
In the other encounter, Saina Nehwal could not match Olympic champion Carolina Marin’s brilliant display as she lost the match 8-21, 7-21 to end India’s challenge at the Super 500 tournament.
Last year, Saina Nehwal won the Indonesia Masters after Spain’s Marin retired with an injury.
The Indian men could not make a mark at the tournament after both Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy crashed out in the second round.
Sameer Verma bowed out after losing to Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia 19-21 20-22, while Prannoy was defeated by top seed Kento Momota of Japan 14-21 16-21.
Earlier, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and Sai Praneeth exited in the first round.