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Badminton / Sindhu and Saina in quarter finals of Malaysia Masters tournament, Sameer Verma out in second round

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu reached the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament. On Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, Saina defeated Korea’s Aan Young in straight sets 25-23 21-12. The match lasted 39 minutes. PV Sindhu defeated Aya Ohori of Japan 21-10 21-15 in the second round. At the same time, Sameer Verma was eliminated from the tournament in the men’s singles match.

Malaysia’s World No-14 Lee Ji Jia defeated the 33rd World Sameer 21–19, 22–20 in straight sets. There have been 4 bouts between the two so far. Among them, the Indian shuttler won one match, while Jia won 3 matches. Saina and Young have two encounters so far. Both won one match each. World No-6 Sindhu has won all 9 matches so far against 19th-ranked Ohori.

Saina’s quarterfinal match against Marin,
Sindhu won the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland last year. In the Malaysia tournament, they will take on China’s World No.1 Tai Xu Ying or 7th seed South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun on Friday. At the same time, Saina had also won the Indonesia Open last year. Her next match in this tournament will be against Spain’s Olympic champion Caroline Marin.

Saina defeated Lianne Tan in the first round

Saina, who won the Bronze medal at the London Olympics, defeated Lyanne Tan of Belgium 21–15, 21–17 in the first round. While Sameer defeated Thailand’s Kantafon Wangcharon 21-16, 21-15 in straight sets.

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