Indians fail in Malaysia Open qualifiers
Posted on: 06:36 AM IST Jan 11, 2012
New Delhi: Indian shuttlers competing in the qualifying round of the Malaysian Super Series suffered contrasting defeats to crash out of the prestigious tournament in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
16-year-old prodigy PV Sindhu, who won three senior level titles in 2011 to jump to world number 31, played her heart out before losing 21-17 16-21 18-21 to Lydia Li Ya Cheah in the women's singles qualifiers.
RMV Gurusaidutt too fought hard but could not get past Daren Liew and lost 16-21 21-13 23-25 to the Malaysian in the men's singles competition.
Anand Pawar also failed to cross the qualifying hurdle and lost 20-22 18-21 to Mohamad Arif Abdul Latif in another men's singles event in a 33-minute match.
Top Indian star Saina Nehwal will start her campaign on Wednesday in the women's singles competition.