After a phenomenal two weeks of Premier badminton League, the Indian shuttlers are back representing their country at the Malaysia Masters tournament. In the opening Grand Prix India’s PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth booked a semi-final spot in their respective categories. Ajay Jayaram failed to make his good form count as he has been shown the exit door in the quarter finals.
Sindhu, Srikanth impress at Malaysia Masters
India’s PV Sindhu continued her unbeaten run since the new year as she defeated Lindaweni Fanetri in the quarter final match. Sindhu dominated in the court winning in straight games 21-10, 21-10 in less than half an hour.
In the semis, Sindhu will go head to head with the top seed Ji Hyun Sung of Korea. Sindhu has the record on her side winning three of the five encounters that they have had so far. However, Sindhu has failed to beat Sung in their last two matches.
In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth is flying high from the numerous lows he had in the last few months of 2015. His overwhelming performances at the Malaysia Masters seem like a perfect start to a new chapter in his career this year. He is yet to lose a single game in the tournament so far. He went up against Yuxiang Huang in the quarter-final winning 21-15, 21-14. He will face unseeded Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia in the semis.
Jayaram fails to keep momentum
Ajay Jayaram had a decent start at the Grand prix but facing top seed Chong Wei Lee in the quarter-final resulted in the end of momentum for the Indian. Jayaram put up a decent fight against the top seed but it proved insufficient as he went down fighting 21-16, 21-16.
India’s Golden pair in women’s doubles Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa failed to regain any form as they continued their lack-lustre performance bowing out early in the Malaysia Masters.