Kuala Lumpur, Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal lost their respective quarter-final matches and crashed out of Malaysia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament, here on Friday.
PV Sindhu went down to Taiwanese shuttler Tai Tzu Ying in straight games 16-21, 16-21. Sindhu, seeded 6th, who was inconsistent at the start, failed to capitalize on her leads and eventually lost the first game 16-21 to hand a 1-0 advantage to Tzu Ying. The second game was a one-sided affair for the most part, with Ying opening up a nine-point gap with Sindhu.
Trailing 11-20, Sindhu saved six match points but it was too late as Tzu Ying sealed the game 21-16. This was Sindhu's second consecutive loss to Tzu Ying. She had lost to her in the quarter-finals of the French open in October last year.
Earlier, Sindhu had outclassed Japan's Aya Ohori 21-10, 21-15 in a 2nd-round match that lasted around 34 minutes to reach the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal was also knocked out after losing 8-21, 7-21 to Spanish Carolina Marin in quarter-finals. Marin dominated the whole game and came out with an easy triumph in the 30-minute long clash. Saina had beaten eighth seed An Se Young of South Korea 25-23, 21-12 to make it to the quarter-finals.
India's campaign at the Malaysia Masters came to an end after the loss of both Saina and Sindhu. In the men's singles, both Indian shuttlers Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy had also crashed out in the second round on Thursday.
While Verma lost to Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia 19-21 20-22, Prannoy was shown the door by top seed Kento Momota of Japan 14-21 16-21.