Indians fail to cross qualifying round of Malaysia Open

New Delhi: Indian shuttlers competing in the qualifying round of the Malaysian Super Series suffered contrasting defeats to crash out of the prestigious tournament at Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

16-year-old progidy, P V 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 from tomorrow in the women`s singles competition.