New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu on Friday faced straight-games defeat in their respective quarter-final clashes to bow out of the ongoing Malaysia Masters, bringing an end to India's challenge at the Super 500 tournament. While Saina lost to Carolina Marin of Spain, Sindhu faced a crushing defeat against Tzu Ying Tai of Taiwan.In the first quarter-final clash, World No.2 Tzu Ying defeated sixth-seeded Sindhu 21-16, 21-16 in just 36 minutes.

The match kicked off on a furious note with Tzu taking an early lead. However, Sindhu was quick to go on the offensive and was able to draw the initial deficit against the World No. 2 at 7-7. After the break, the top seed shuttler from Taiwan continued to hold the advantage over Sindhu thanks to her superior control and won the opening game 21-16 in just 17 minutes.

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In the second game, Tzu Ying improved her strokeplay and looked all set to march into the semi-finals. Towards the end, the World Champion managed to save five match points as Tzu looked to relax a bit. However, the struggle was short-lived as Sindhu lost the game 12-21. This was Sindhu's 12th loss against Tzu Ying and second since the World Championship in Basel in August 2019.

In the next last-eight match between Nehwal and Marin, the Indian shuttler was no match for the reigning Olympic gold medallist as she lost 8-21, 7-21 in half an hour. In the opening game, Saina conceded a five-point lead at the mid-game break as the scoreline stood 6-11. However, Marin upped the ante and took the game giving away just two points. In the second game, the Spaniard went from strength to strength and stormed into the semi-finals. 

Earlier Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma had crashed out of the tournament. 

(with IANS input)

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