The huge squad was left with only two in the quarterfinals of Malaysian Masters Challenge after exit of doubles teams yesterday. With two steps away from the title, the number further reduced to one, but Indians would not mind as she is India’s best hope for any title anywhere even now, and India is eying third title in this tournament. Saina Nehwal reached first semifinal of a tournament after returning from her injury, while Ajay Jayaram failed against Ginting. Saina will play 5th seed Pui Yin of Hong Kong against whom she leads by a good margin in eight career meets.
Malaysian Masters 2017: Indian squad results
- Saina Nehwal def 8th seed Fitriani Fitriani (Indonesia) 21-15 21-14 in 40 minutes
Ajay Jayaram lost to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (Indonesia) 21-13 21-8 in 28 minutes
Schedule for Saina in Semifinal: 4.45 p.m. vs 5th seed Pui Yin Yip (Hong Kong)
They last met in 2014 when Saina won in Thomas & Uber Cups 2014.
2014 BWF Thomas & Uber Cups 2014 – Group Y Saina Nehwal def Pui Yin Yip 21-9 21-10
2013 MAYBANK Malaysia Open 2013 Saina Nehwal  def Yip Pui Yin 21-12 21-9
2012 India Open 2012 Saina Nehwal def Yip Pui Yin 21-14 21-6
2011 BWF World Championships 2011 Saina Nehwal  lost Yip Pui Yin  21-3 13-5 Retired
2010 Hong Kong Open Super Series 2010 Saina Nehwal  def Pui Yin Yip 21-11 21-10
2010 Guangzhou Asian Games Saina Nehwal  lost to Pui Yin Yip  8-21 21-8 19-21
2009 FRENCH SUPER SERIES Saina NEHWAL  def Pui Yin YIP 21-15 21-14
2007 Swiss Open Saina NEHWAL def Pui Yin YIP 19-21 18-21