China: India’s PV Sindhu, on Friday, performed brilliantly in the semi-finals of the World Badminton Championships. With this, she confirmed the medal. India’s Saina Nehwal and B.Sai Praneeth were out of the tournament with a defeat in the quarter-finals.
Silver medallist of the Rio Olympics, Sindhu defeated World No. 7 Nozomi Okuhara in 58-minute Sindhu won the match 21-17, 21-19 in straight games. In the beginning, Nozomi gave a strong fight to Sindhu, with a time score of 8-8, but Indian star Sindhu showed aggression and made the game 21-17. Sindhu won the first game in 25 minutes. Now they will face Akane Yamaguchi in the BWF World Championships Semi-finals.
Sindhu reached the semi-finals and sure to take possession of the bronze medal. This world championship will be the fourth medal of Sindhu and it will be India’s first shuttler to achieve this feat. They have previously won bronze in Guangzhou in 2013 and Copenhagen in 2014. She won the silver medal in Glasgow in 2017.
In the mixed doubles, the duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also lost in the quarter-finals. The Indian pair lost the top-seeded Chinese duo of Zheng Siwei and Hwang Yaqiong 21-17, 21-10 in just 36 minutes to enter it to the last 4.
In men’s singles, Sai. Praneeth had to face defeat. Japan’s Kento Momota, seeded 6th, won the match 21-12, 21-12 in 39 minutes to make it to the semi-finals.
India’s Saina Nehwal had to face defeat by the Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the quarter-finals. Marin took the match 21-6, 21-11 to make it to the semi-finals.