Sindhu in semis; saina out

Sindhu in semis; saina out
P.V. Sindhu
Nanjing, Aug 3 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 8/4/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Women’s singles star P.V. Sindhu was the lone Indian to enter the semi-finals of the Badminton World Championships, with Saina Nehwal and B. Sai Praneeth losing in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Third seed Sindu, facing Japanese Nozomi Okuhara won 21-17, 21-19 in 58 minutes.  In both games, Okuhara was strong at the beginning but once Sindhu caught up with her, the Japanese failed to control the Hyderabadi, who came into the match with a 6-5 record in head-to-head.

In the semi-final, three-time World Championships medallist Sindhu will take on another Japanese, second seed Akane Yamaguchi, who ousted Chinese fifth seed Chen Yufei with a 21-13, 17-21, 21-16 victory.

Earlier in the day, Saina, the 10th seed, was outclassed by Spanish seventh seed and two-time world champion Carolina Marin, who cruised to a 21-6, 21-11 victory in 31 minutes to move into the last four round.

The win was Spaniard Carolina’s fifth in 10 meetings against the veteran Indian, a two-time medallist at the World Championships.

In the men’s singles, B. Sai Praneeth lost 12-21, 12-21 in 39 minutes to Japanese sixth seed Kento Momota. The Indian couldn’t match up to the speed, accuracy and power of the rising star from Japan.


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