SHAH ALAM, April 7: Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu continued their winning run at the Malaysia Open, notching up contrasting victories to reach the quarterfinals of the women�s singles competition at the USD 550,000 Super Series Premier tournament here today.
After Sindhu edged out Korea�s Sung Ji Hyun, seeded seventh, 22-20, 21-17 in a 47-minute clash, Saina brushed aside another Korean Bae Yeon Ju 21-10, 21-16 in a match that lasted a little over half an hour.
The two-time bronze medallist at World Championship, Sindhu had lost to Sung Ji at Hyderabad during the Asian badminton Championship team event but today avenged the loss and took her head-to-head record against the Korean to 5-3.
The 20-year-old from Hyderabad will next meet former World Champion and two-time India Open winner Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, while Saina has set up a meeting with Thailand�s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk, who stunned All England champion Japan�s Nozomi Okuhara, seeded 8th, 21-12, 22-20.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina, seeded third, stamped her authority on the second round clash against Bae as she reached a 11-3 lead at the interval in both the games and didn�t give much chance to her opponent to make a comeback.
Saina has now beaten the Korean nine times in 13 meetings.
Sindhu almost blew away a 9-6 and 20-18 lead in the opening game before managing to surpass Sung Ji and earn the bragging rights. In the second game, she fought back from 6-8 down to finally break off at 15-15 with five straight points, reaching 20-15. The Korean saved two match points before Sindhu sealed off the issue.
Chinese Taipei�s Tai Tzu Ying stunned Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China, seeded second, 14-21, 21-18, 21-1 in another second round match. Interestingly, Li had reached the finals at India Open last week. � PTI