Welcome to inUth’s live digital coverage of World Badminton Championships’ semi-final clash between Olympic Silver Medalist PV Sindhu and China’s Chen Yufei. India already have a bronze medal in the bag after PV Sindhu was beaten in the semi-final by Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. They will be hoping for silver medal assurance with Sindhu playing in the second semi final of the day.
India’s P.V. Sindhu won her quarter-finals match against fifth seed Sun Yu of China 21-14, 21-9 in a nail-biter affair.
It has not been a one-sided affair between the shuttlers from India and China. The score between the two till date is 1-1.
PV Sindhu will go up against Chinese shuttler Chen Yufei at 00:30 IST (August 27). Though these timings are tentative and might vary due to the length of the games of other clashes in World Badminton Championships.
Saina, the 12th seed, lost 21-12, 17-21, 10-21 in an hour and 14 minutes to the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, who became the first Japanese to reach the World Championships women’s singles final.
India is hopeful. All eyes will now be on PV Sindhu.
— PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) August 26, 2017
World Championships 2015 runner-up Saina, who had a 6-1 head-to-head record against Okuhara coming into this game, started strongly, winning the first game 21-12 as the Japanese struggled to get into her rhythm.
Nehwal said after her loss in the semi-finals, ““It was disappointing to have lost the despite being a game up. But overall I am happy that I made it to the semis after recently coming out of an injury. I gave it my best and I am pleased with that. She started to win long rallies after the first game and that was the main reason for her to make a comeback into the match.”