Malaysia Masters: PV Sindhu enters second round, Saina Nehwal bows out

Malaysia Masters: PV Sindhu had to rely on her experience to beat He Bing Jiao 21-13 17-21 21-5 to enter the second round. Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal took a one-game lead as she defeated Kim Ga Eun 21-16 17-21 14-21.

Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu had to work hard before emerging victorious in the opening round of the Malaysia Masters, while compatriot Saina Nehwal suffered a second consecutive first-round exit on Wednesday. Seventh seed Sindhu took nearly an hour to beat China’s He Bingjiao 21-13 17-21 21-15 to advance to the second round. With the win, world number seven Sindhu avenged her first-round exit from the Indonesia Open Super 1000 last month, defeating Bing Jiao in straight games. Chinese is still ranked 10-9.

On the other hand, London Olympics bronze medalist Saina lost a game lead to South Korea’s Kim Ga Eun 21-16 17-21 14-21. The world number 24 Indian also exited the Malaysia Open Super 750 tournament in the first round last week.

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In men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap advanced to the second round with contrasting wins. Praneeth registered an easy 21-8 21-9 win over Kevin Corden against the Guatemalan in under half an hour, while Kashyap came back from a 16-21 21-game deficit against local favorite Tommy Sugiarto. 16 21-16. Praneeth will face Li Shi Feng in the pre-quarter finals.

However, it was the end of the road for Sameer Verma who fought back against fourth seed Chinese Taipei shuttler Chow Tien Chen 21-10 12-21 14-21. Later in the day, HS Pranay and women’s doubles pair N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will compete.

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