Highlights World Badminton Championships 2017, Day 5: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu into semis; Kidambi Srikanth bows out

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Highlights World Badminton Championships 2017, Day 5: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu into semis; Kidambi Srikanth bows out
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    That brings us to the end of Firstpost's coverage of Day 5 of the 2017 World Badminton Championships in Glasgow. Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are through to the semi-finals and assure India of atleast two bronze medals. This is the first time in the 40 year history of World Championships that India will return with a haul of more than one medal. It was heartbreak for Kidambi Srikanth who was beaten in straight games by the World No 1 Son Wan Ho.

    Meanwhile Lin Dan and Chen Long go through to the semis while defending women's singles champion Carolina Marin was ousted by Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. 

    It's going to be yet another entertaining day tomorrow. Hope you enjoyed our live coverage. We will be back! 

    Good night! 

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    After 74 minutes of play it is the 2015 World Championships silver medallist who wins the quarter-final match against Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 to reach the semis

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    17-10! An impressively deceptive Saina is forcing Kirsty to move out of her comfort zone which is making her do a lot more unforced errors. 

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    14-8! A phenomenal display of her reach and support of the drift helps Saina extend the lead over the Scottish shuttler

  • Saina has been playing on higher level events. Won Malaysia Masters, reached semis at Thai Open and quarters at Australian, India Open, All England, Macau and China

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  • Kirsty has had a decent season with wins in Austria and Orleans and reached final in Canada and Europeans
    Kirsty also made semis in US Open

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    8-4! It is becoming a match-up between Saina's experience and Kirsty's talent coupled with home adulation. Experience has the upper hand for now

  • Kirsty wins 2nd game 1-game all. Now into the decider. Kirsty has been using her jump smashes to great affect. Has had Saina in trouble. also the Scot is being carried by the crowd at Emirates Arena. Great show by Kirsty so far. She is ranked 31st to former World No, 1 Saina's 16. 
    Also Saina is 2012 Olympic bronze medallist and 2015 World silver medallist.
    Kisrty shows what a player can achieve playing in front of a home crowd and draw strength from that pressure and adulation

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    3-0! Saina races to a 3-point lead in the decider. The Indian shuttler is not allowing Kirsty to settle. 

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    21-18! Despite losing two game points, Kirsty manages to hold on to hit that one winner that matters as the return from Saina isn't powerful enough to cross the net. This match will have a decider

  • Kirsty managing to power her way. Been ahead all through in 2nd game. Catching Saina short with half smashes. Gradually  moved to 19-14. Likely 3rd game on.

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  • One long, one dribble in net 19-18, but Kirsty drops nicely to 19-all. Cliffhanger. Kirsty playing above herself and using power more than guile. Kirsty leaves but fall Saina shot in 20-19. Game point. Into Net. 21-19 for Saina.

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    21-19! Saina clinches the first game. It was a mixed game for the Indian ace who saw a dip in the points before climbing her way back into the match with a series of clever net play and attacking strokes 

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    18-18! Saina had to work hard for that one point that brings her on level with the Scottish shuttler

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    17-16! Kirsty holds on to a slender lead of one point over a resurgent Saina who seems to be better poised in the second half of the opening game

  • Saina looking very assured and confident....
    If Saina makes semis, it will be the first time there will be 2 Indians in semis. That means 2 medals for the first time. But Kirsty not rolling over. From 2-6, she reached level 8-all and now 11-8

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    8-8! Kirsty levels the score with Saina with a cross-court jump smash that the Indian ace didn't bother trying to reach because of its accuracy

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    6-2! Saina leads the charge. Both players have a similar style of play and very little seems to separate the two athletes. Saina's experience has been the difference so far.  

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    It is action time for Saina Nehwal as she faces crowd-favourite Kirsty Gilmour for a place in the semi-final and an assured medal at the World Championships

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    11-9! Carolina Marin is in trouble as Okuhara holds the upper hand in their quarter-final tie at the break

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    21-18! Nozomi Okuhara draw first blood and goes 1-0 up in the Q/F. Carolina Marin fought back into the game but it was too little too late as Okuhara held the lead to finish the opening game on top.   

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    11-4! Nozomi Okuhara has reached the mid-game break holding a seven-point lead over the Spaniard. 

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    Now it is time for defending women's singles champion Carolina Marin to take to the court for her quarter-final match against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara

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    21-12! Chen Long has clinched the first game with a dominating all-round performance that has pushed his Chinese opponent on his backfoot. 

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    21-12! Chen Long has clinched the first game with a dominating all-round performance that has pushed his Chinese opponent on his backfoot. 

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    9-9! On Court 2, defending champion Chen Long is in action against his Chinese counterpart Tian Houwei

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    The first session of Day 5 has come to a close.

    Indians had a mixed day at Glasgow. Though Kidambi Srikanth put up a tough fight against World No 1 Son Wan Ho, it wasn't enough to guarantee the Indian a place in the semi-final. The 34-year-wait for a medal from the Indian men's division continued after his loss in the quarter-final. 

    However, Sindhu had a convincing straight games victory over China's Sun Yu to enter the semi-final. 

    The two-time World Championships bronze medallist has assured herself of one more medal and continues the medal run of India at the event since 2011. 

    In a couple of hours, India's Saina Nehwal will fight it out with local favourite Kirsty Gilmour for a place in the semi-final. A win in the quarter-final will confirm yet another medal for the 2015 World Championships silver medallist and increase India's medal tally for the first time ever at the World Championships. 

    Join us for the live updates of the second session. More exclusive Indian players interviews to come. 

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Day 4 report: India's Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth reached the quarter-finals, while B. Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N. Sikki Reddy lost in the pre-quarterfinals of the World Badminton Championships here on Thursday.

Sindhu, a double World Championships bronze medallist, earned a hard-fought win over Hong Kong 13th seed Cheung Ngan Yi 19-21, 23-21, 21-17 in an hour and 27 minutes.

In the next round, Sindhu will face Chinese fifth seed Sun Yu, who got past Spanish 15th seed Beatriz Corrales 21-16, 21-19.

Saina, seeded 12th, registered a morale-boosting 21-19, 21-15 win over South Korean second seed Sung ji Hyun.

Meanwhile, Chinese teenager Chen Yufei stunned Japanese top seed Akane Yamaguchi 21-18, 21-19.

In the men's singles, eighth seed Srikanth registered a 21-14, 21-18 win over Danish 14th seed Anders Antonsen.

The next opponent for Srikanth will be South Korean top seed Son Wan Ho, who edged past Thai 11th seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-18, 21-13.

Chinese fifth seed and defending champions Chen Long crushed Indian 13th seed Jayaram 21-11, 21-10 to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Praneeth, 15th seed, lost to Chinese Taipei sixth seed Chou Tien Chen 21-19, 10-21, 12-21 in an hour and one minute.

Five-time world champion and Chinese seventh seed Lin Dan fought back from one game down to defeat England's Rajiv Ouseph 14-21, 21-17, 21-16.

Pranaav and Sikki, the 15th seeds, battled hard as they came close to upsetting the Indonesian seventh seeds Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto but the latter prevailed 20-22, 21-18, 21-18.

With the loss of Pranaav and Sikki, India's doubles campaign in the tournament came to an end.

Updated Date: Aug 26, 2017 01:54 AM

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