A new record has been made after India’s Badminton Queens P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal entered the women’s singles semi-finals at World Badminton Championship.
This will be the first time in History that India has clinched 2 medals at World Championship, thanks to the women power, the nation has nourished in badminton.
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. Former World no. 1 Saina won the country’s lone silver in 2015 at Jakarta.
Indian medal winners at World Championship :
Prakash Padukone – Bronze (1983)
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – Bronze (2011)
P.V. Sindhu – Bronze (2013, 2014)
Saina Nehwal – Silver (2015)
Unfortunately, India missed out of possible one more medal in men’s singles after Kidambi Srikanth lost in the men’s singles quarter-finals to World no. 1 Son Wan Ho of South Korea 21-14, 21-18 in 48 minutes.
Saina, the 2015 World Championships runner-up, will face Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara on Saturday for a place in the final. Okuhara ousted two-time defending champion Carolina Marin of Spain with a 21-18, 14-21, 21-15 victory in an hour and 33 minutes.
Continuing her good run, India’s P.V. Sindhu won her quarter-finals match against fifth seed Sun Yu of China 21-14, 21-9 . She will now take on Chen Yufei of China, who continued her winning run by beating eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 14-21, 21-16, 21-12.
Well I am happy with the way I have played today and I am pleased with the results. Even though I won, I must admit that Sun Yu is not an easy player to play against and the last time I played against her I lost to her (In Dubai 2016),” Sindhu said after the match.
“I am happy with the performance today. I went on the court thinking I need to give my best and play my game. Last time I played her I lost to her in Dubai. It wasn’t easy and each point was important to me, even although I was leading,” she added.
Commenting about her next encounter with Chen, Sindhu said: “She is a good player and she is playing well. It is never easy in the semi-final of a World Championship, anything can happen. I have to be prepared for everything.”