Glasgow: Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu’s semi-final entry has created history and is raising hopes of a first all-India summit showdown in the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow.
The Olympic bronze medallist advanced to the semi-final when she staved off the challenge from local favourite Kristy Gilmour to assure herself of at least a bronze. The 27-year-old Indian, who won a silver medal at the last edition at Jakarta, dug deep into her reservoir to eke out a 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 win over the world No. 31 Gilmour in a match that lasted an hour and 14 minutes.
With Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu already making it to the semi-finals from the top half, this is the first time India will return with two medals from the BWF World Championships.
There is also a high possibility that the two could meet each other in the final on Sunday, provided they beat their respective opponents on Saturday.
Earlier, PV Sindhu did not have to break a sweat as she eased past World No.6 Sun Yu 21-14, 21-9 to enter the women’s singles semis in Glasgow on Friday. The 2016 Rio Olympics silver-medallist needed just 39 minutes to dismiss the Chinese fifth seed to assure herself of a third World Championship medal, a feat achieved by no other Indian.
Saina will take on Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara in the semis who ousted defending champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the quarterfinal while Sindhu next faces ninth seed and World No.10 Chen Yufei who ousted former World Champion Ratchanok Intanon in another quarterfinal.