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Malaysia Masters: Double blow as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu exit

World champion PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal faltered at the quarter-final stage in the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament in Kuala Lumpur. With this, the Indian challenge ended in the tournament

Malaysia Masters Double blow Saina Nehwal PV Sindhu exit
Kuala Lumpur, First Published Jan 10, 2020, 3:42 PM IST
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Kuala Lumpur: It was a double blow for India as shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were ousted from the Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur on Friday (January 10).

Both the Hyderabad-based badminton players failed to cross the quarter-final hurdle. First, it was Sindhu, who lost to Taiwan's Tai Tzu-Ying in straight games 21-16, 21-16.

Later, Saina too followed the exit route as she was defeated by Spain's Carolina Marin 21-8, 21-7. Prior to today’s  match, the head-to-head record between the two had stood at 6-6. On Friday, Olympic champion Marin took full advantage of Saina’s unforced errors.

World champion Sindhu faced defeat in 36 minutes while Saina's clash lasted 30 minutes. Tzu-Ying dominated the proceedings and won the contest. Now, the top seeded Chinese Taipei player leads 12-5 in head-to-head record against the Indian.

With twin losses on Friday, India's challenge at the Malaysia Masters ended.

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