Saina Nehwal advanced to the semi-final of the Indonesia Masters with a win over compatriot and world No.2 PV Sindhu in Jakarta on Friday.
Saina took just 37 minutes to go past Sindhu 21-13, 21-19 in just the third meeting between the two on the international circuit.
With the win, Saina took a 2-1 lead over Sindhu in their head-to-head record. The two had last met at 2017
India Open quarter-final, where Sindhu had emerged victorious in straight games.
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
According to India Today sources, Sindhu picked up a small injury during her second round match in Indonesia and that might have had a bearing on the one-sided result.
Yesterday, Rio Olympics silver-medallist Sindhu outplayed Malaysia’s Goh Jin Wei 21,-12, 21-9 while London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina defeated China’s Chen Xiaoxin 21-12, 21-18 to set up an all-Indian quarter-final.
In men’s doubles, duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng 21-17, 21-16 to enter the last 16.
The Indian pair will next face the Danish team of Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding.