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Malaysia Masters: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy enter quarterfinals

HS Prannoy. ADEK BERRY/AFP via Getty Images

India's two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and compatriot HS Prannoy cruised to the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters with straight-game wins on Thursday.

Sindhu, who is seeded seventh, made short work of the world number 32 China's Zhang Yi Man 21-12, 21-10 in just 28 minutes in the women's singles second round clash.

However, a tough contest awaits the former World Champion, currently ranked seventh in the world, as she will play against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the last eight stage.

Sindhu has a dismal 5-16 head-to-head record against the world No. 2, who had also beaten her in the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open last week.

Earlier in her first round match, Sindhu defeated world No. 9 He Bing Jiao 21-13, 17-21 and 21-15.

In the men's singles contest, Prannoy eked out a 21-19, 21-16 Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei to book a quarterfinal against Japan's Kanta Tsuneyama.

However, B Sai Praneeth and former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the competition. While Paneeth lost to Li She Feng of China 14-21 17-21 in 42 minutes, Kashyap was dispatched 10-21, 15-21 by sixth seed Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal made a first round exit on Wednesday. Saina squandered a one-game lead to go down 21-16, 17-21, 14-21 to Kim Ga Eun of South Korea.

Also on Wednesday, the women's doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 19-21, 21-18, 16-21 to the Indonesian duo of Fabriana Kusuma and Amalia Pratiwi in a match that lasted a little more than an hour.