- Saina was defeated by Spain’s Caroline Marin 8-21 7-21 in straight sets, while Sindhu was defeated by Xu Ying 16-21, 16-21.
- Saina-Marin has had 13 matches so far. In this, the Spanish player won 7 matches and the Indian shuttler won 6 matches.
Saina Nehwal also crashed out of the Malaysia Masters tournament after defending world champion PV Sindhu. Saina was defeated by Olympic champion Caroline Marin of Spain 8-21, 7-21 in the second quarter-final. The match ended in 30 minutes. After this defeat, India’s hopes in the tournament are over. Earlier in the men’s section, Sameer Verma, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and Sai Praneeth also bowed out of the tournament.
Saina Nehwal also crashed out of the Malaysia Masters tournament
Saina and Marin, ranked 11th in the world rankings, have had 13 matches so far. In this, Marin has won 7 and Indian shuttlers have won 6. The last match between the two took place in January 2019 and Saina won when Marin retired. At the same time, world number-2 player Tai Xu Ying and world number-6 Sindhu were faced to face 17 times. In these, World Champion Sindhu won 5 matches and lost 12.
Saina loses after taking 5 points to lead in the opening game
Saina once took a 5 point lead over Caroline in the opening game. The scoreline at that time was 11-6. However, Marin made a brilliant comeback, giving the Indian shuttler just two more points and winning the first game 21-8. After this, Saina could not make a comeback in the match and the Spaniard also won the second game 21-7 to enter the semi-finals.
Sindhu entered the quarterfinals after defeating Aya Ohori of Japan
In the first quarterfinal of the day, Sindhu was defeated by Chinese Taipei’s Xu Ying 16-21 16-21 in straight sets. The match ended in 36 minutes. This is Sindhu’s second consecutive defeat to Ying. Earlier, the Indian shuttler lost to the Chinese Taipei player at the French Open in October last year. Sindhu defeated Japan’s Aya Ohori 21-10 21-15 to advance to the quarter-finals.