London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal stormed into the women’s singles quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters badminton tournament with a straight-game convert South Korea’s An Se Young here on Thursday.
The unseeded Indian, who had won the Indonesia Masters last year before browsing a rough patch, dispatched Young 25-23 21-12 after an exciting 39-minute contest.
This is Saina’s first convert the South Korean, who got the higher of the Indian within the quarterfinals of the French Open last year.
The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will next combat Olympic champion Carolina Marin within the quarterfinals.
Saina had defeated Lianne Tan of Belgium 21-15 21-17 within the opening round on Wednesday.(FA9News)