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Malaysia Masters: Saina, Sindhu advance; Praneeth, Srikanth bow out

Reigning world champion Sindhu, seeded sixth, took just 35 minutes to beat Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 21-15 21-13 in the first round

Press Trust of India  |  Kuala Lumpur 

P V Sindhu, Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Saina, India Super Series, badminton, Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi
P V Sindhu plays a shot during her quarterfinal match against Saina Nehwal at the Yonex-Sunrise India Super Series badminton tournament at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI

Ace Indian women shuttlers and registered convincing wins to sail into the second round but World championships bronze-medallist B Sai Praneeth and the seasoned Kidambi Srikanth bowed out of the Malaysia Masters tournament here on Wednesday.

Reigning world champion Sindhu, seeded sixth, took just 35 minutes to beat Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 21-15 21-13 in the first round.

The other Indian in the fray, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina needed just 36 minutes to get the better of Belgium's Lianne Tan.

The unseeded Saina brushed aside Tan 21-15 21-17 in just 36 minutes of action. This was the first time the two were facing each other.

Both Sindhu and Saina have struggled recently making a series of early exits with the former failing to defend the World Tour Finals crown last month.

Earlier, Praneeth made a first round exit after going down tamely to Denmark's Rasmus Gemke 11-21 15-21 while Srikanth lost his second round encounter to Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen 17-21 5-21 in only 30 minutes.

First Published: Wed, January 08 2020. 15:15 IST