Saina enters Malaysia Open semis; Sindhu knocked out
Saina enters Malaysia Open semis; Sindhu knocked out

Shah Alam (Malaysia), April 8 (IANS) Leading Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal entered the semi-finals, but compatriot P.V. Sindhu put up a disappointing show to crash out of the Malaysian Open Superseries Premier quarter-finals here on Friday.

World No.8 Saina suffered a 19-21 defeat in the first game against No.22 Porntip Buranaprasertsuk at the Malawati Stadium.

But the third-seeded Indian fought back in style, winning the next two games with comparative ease 21-14, 21-14.

It was the 26-year-old’s ninth win in 10 meetings against the Thai shuttler.

However, double World Championship bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu crashed out against former world champion Ratchanok Intanon. The fourth-seeded Thai took just 29 minutes to crush Sindhu 21-7, 21-18.

With this win, world No.4 Ratchanok, who last week won the Indian Open, took a 4-1 lead in career meetings over No.10 Sindhu.

In another women’s singles quarter-final, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying battled past fifth seed Shixian Wang of China 21-14, 21-14 in 37 minutes.

Tai, the 2013 edition champion here, will battle with 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Saina for a place in the final. Tai leads the head-to-head record against the Indian star 8-5 and more importantly, has won the previous five consecutive meetings.

In the final quarter-final, Chinese sixth seed Yihan Wang brushed aside reigning world champion and top seed Carolina Marin of Spain, 21-13, 21-15 in 37 minutes.

In the men’s singles competition, Danish fifth seed Jan O Jorgensen handed out a 21-17, 21-4 thrashing to Chinese legend Lin Dan.

Chinese top seed Chen Long beat compatriot Tian Houwei 21-16, 21-16. In the semi-final. Defending champion Long will face Indonesian qualifier Christie Jonatan, who got the better of Englishman Rajiv Ouseph 21-19, 21-19.