Indonesia Masters: Saina Nehwal Beats PV Sindhu To Reach Semis

Updated: 26 January 2018 16:31 IST

With this win, 27-year-old Saina has taken a 2-1 lead in head-to-head records against her Hyderabadi rival.

Indonesia Masters: Saina Nehwal Beats PV Sindhu To Reach Semis
Saina Nehwal of India hits a return against her opponent in this file image © AFP

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal got the better of compatriot PV Sindhu in straight games to enter the semi-finals of $350,000 Indonesia Masters World Tour Super 500 on Friday. Saina, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, moved past 2016 Olympic runner-up and second seed Sindhu 21-13, 21-19 in 37 minutes in a quarter-final.

With this win, 27-year-old Saina has taken a 2-1 lead in head-to-head records against her Hyderabadi rival.

In the semi-finals on Saturday, Saina will face Thai fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon, who defeated reigning world champion and Japanese sixth seed Nozomi Okuhara 21-17, 21-10.

Earlier, London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina, who returned from an ankle injury, took 37 minutes to overcome World No.20 Chinese Chen Xiaoxin 21-12 21-18 in her previous clash while Sindhu had stream-rolled Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia 21-12 21-9 in a one-sided contest in her previous encounter.

(With IANS Inputs)

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Highlights
  • Nehwal got the better of compatriot PV Sindhu in straight games
  • Saina moved past 2016 Olympic runner-up and Sindhu 21-13, 21-19
  • Saina has taken a 2-1 lead in head-to-head records against Sindhu
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