Olympic and world championship silver medallist PV Sindhu on Friday took on 2016 Olympic champion Caroline Marin in the quarterfinals of women’s singles of Malaysia Open 2018 and thrashed her in straight sets 22-20 and 21-19 in only 52 minutes to enter into women’s semi-finals at the Bukit Jalil in Malaysia.
The 2016 Olympic gold medallist Marin paved her way into the quarterfinals after beating Aya Ohori and Ying Ying Lee in straight sets but the Indian shuttler got best off her booked her berth at the last four.
In the first set, Sindhu and Marin played neck-to-neck but the former kept her nerves and eased past the Olympic champion with 22-20, in the second set Sindhu dominated from the start and kept the rhythm going till the end of the game. Marin tried hard to make a comeback but Indian shuttler didn’t let her take the lead at any point of the game.
Sindhu will now face the top seed Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final on Saturday.
Back in 2016, Sindhu and Marin were part of Olympic’s women’s singles final. Sindhu had won the first game but lost the second, and then Marin showed why she was the world number 1 at that time. She dominated the last set and won the gold medal by winning 19-21,21-12,21-15.
Meanwhile, Kidambi Srikanth thrashed Brice Leverdez 21-18, 21-14 in just 39 minutes to enter the quarterfinals of the men’s singles.