Glasgow: Saina Nehwal moved brilliantly on the court. The defence was top notch from the Indian badminton star but as the match progressed, she began to wear out.
So much so that she failed to keep the momentum she had in the first game failed to advance to her second final of World Badminton Championships. Last year, he ended up winning the silver medal after a heartbreaking loss to Carolina Marin of Spain. A year later, she has to settle for bronze.
The London Olympic bronze medallist was up against a young Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the semi-finals on Saturday. Playing like vintage Saina, the Indian raced off to a big lead in the first game and won it 21-12. But, the big comeback from Japanese was a bit of a surprise. Okuhara played probably the best badminton and took a 11-10 lead the break before sealing the second comeback 21-17.
While she took only 22 minutes to win the first game, the second, a neck-to-neck tussle, was stretched to the limits and Okuhara won it in 27 minutes.
Later in the day, PV Sindhu will be up against 19-year-old Chinese Chen Yufei, who won the Junior World Championships last year and beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 14-21, 21-16, 21-12 to reach the semi-finals.