India’s good run in badminton continues as most of the star Indian shuttlers have reached the semi-finals of their respective categories in badminton at Commonwealth Games 2018, Australia.
Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu in women’s singles, Srikanth kidambi, HS Prannoy in men’s singles, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy in women’s doubles, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in men’s doubles and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa in mixed doubles have book their spot in the semis of CWG 2018.
Rio Olympic medalist PV Sindhu defeated her opponent without breaking a sweat in two straight games and will now take on Canada’s Michelle Li for a place in gold medal match.
Indian unseeded mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa pulled off a huge upset after defeating the no.1 seeded pair of Goh Soon Huat / Shevon Jemie Lai in semi-finals. The pair will now take on 3rd seed England’s Marcus Ellis / Lauren Smith.
Srikanth kidambi, the first Indian men to become World no.1, had no issues in eliminating his opponent Ryan Ng Zin Rei from Singapore in straight sets 21-15, 21-12 to storm into the semis of CWG 2018. He will be up against England’s Rajiv Ouseph, who defeated Jason Ho-shue in QF.
London Olympic medalist and no.2 seed here, Saina Nehwal got the better of Canada’s Rachel Honderich in one-sided affair by 21-8, 21-13. She will now take on Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour, who beat India’s Gadde Ruthvika Shivani in her QF.
Indian women double’s duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy have defeated the Sri Lanka’s pair of Hasini Ambalangodage and Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage in straight sets by 21-11, 21-13.
Second seeded in the competition gave no chance to their opponents and easily make way to the semis where they will take on either a pair from England or Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Indian young men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy too make it to top four after winning their respective match against Malaysia’s duo of Goh Soon Huat and Chan Peng Soon in a thrilling three setter by 21-14, 15-21, 21-9.
Still, many matches have to played from Indian prospective as India’s number one PV Sindhu will get on the court against Brittney Tam to ensure herself a semi-final’s place while HS Prannoy will be up against Dinuka Karunaratne in another men’s QF later.
In mixed doubles, the pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra/N. Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will carry the Indian hopes.