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Saina Nehwal storms into Semis, ensures Second Medal for India at World Championship Nehwal storms into Semis, ensures Second Medal for India at World Championship

After P.V. Sindhu, Former World no.1, Saina Nehwal marches into semi-final of World Badminton Championship after a stunning win over crowd favourite Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland.

Sindhu & Saina’s win also means that India has now won a medal in the last five editions of World Championship since 2011 and also the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games. The women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa helped India bag their first medal in over 28 years in London and Sindhu grabbed the bronze in the 2013 and 14 editions.

In the first game, Saina started the proceedings well with a 8-5 lead.  However, kirsty came back quite brilliantly & smashed 9 straight points to lead Indian by 14-8.

Saina showed her fighting spirit & take the charge by 19-18 after the trail with only one point separating the two. A crucial smash by Scot level the things at 19-19 but straight two points sealed the game for Saina.

Second game saw kirsty fighting to get back into the match & went to the break with the lead of 11-9. After the break, kirsty quickly moved to the lead by 19-14 & won the game by 21-18 to level the things.

Saina started the third & final game on a bright note & took a crucial lead of 5-0, She maintained her big lead & went to break with a 11-5 advantage. There was no such problem to Saina who won the crucial game by 21-15 to ensure India second medal at World Badminton Championship.

She will take on Okuhara of Japan who stunned Olympic Champion Carolina Marin in three sets thriller.

Earlier, P V Sindhu completed a hat-trick of medals at the World Badminton Championship as she stormed into the semifinals, lifting India’s spirit after Kidambi Srikanth’s quarterfinal exit at Glasgow.

Sindhu, the world No 4, needed only 39 minutes to dispatch her Chinese opponent.

Sindhu will take on another Chinese in the semi-finals, Chen Yufei, who dispatched former world No 1 Ratchanok Intanon in their quarter-final match. Sindhu and Chen have faced each other only twice before, winning a match apiece. While all semi-finalists are guaranteed a medal, Sindhu will look to “change the colour” of her medal this time around.



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