Jakarta: Badminton biggies Saina Nehwal and P. V. Sindhu will meet in an all-Indian quarterfinal clash after both won their respective preliminary matches at the Indonesia Masters, adding another chapter to their rivalry.
Saina took 37 minutes to overcome World No.20 Chinese Chen Xiaoxin 21-12, 21-18 while Sindhu stream-rolled Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia 21-12, 21-9.
Young men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty too entered the quarterfinals after getting past Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng 21-17, 21-16 in the second round.
Saina and Sindhu clashed twice in the international circuit so far with both winning once. At the 2014 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold, Saina defeated Sindhu, who returned the favour at the India Open Super Series last year.
Saina had, however, upstaged Sindhu to clinch the women’s singles title in the Senior National Championship last year.
The celebrated duo was scheduled to meet in the Premier Badminton League opener between Awadhe Warriors and Chennai Smashers but Saina pulled out due to an ankle injury.