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World Badminton Championships 2019 Highlights, semi-finals: PV Sindhu, Nozomi Okuhara enter final; B Sai Praneeth earns bronze

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World Badminton Championships 2019 Highlights, semi-finals: PV Sindhu, Nozomi Okuhara enter final; B Sai Praneeth earns bronze
  • PV Sindhu trounces World No 3 Chen Yufei 21-7, 21-14 to enter the women's singles final

  • B Sai Praneeth earns a bronze medal after suffering a defeat to Kento Momota in the semi-finals

  • India have already secured two medals at the BWF World Championships in Basel

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Aug 24, 2019 - 19:19 (IST)

That's it from us then. A mixed day for Indian shuttlers at the World Championships. PV Sindhu looks in great touch to bag gold tomorrow, while B Sai Praneeth will be satisfied with a historic bronze medal. We'll be back to cover the final day. Stay tuned for more analysis and news stories from the world of badminton on Firstpost.com. Take care!

Aug 24, 2019 - 19:06 (IST)

Okuhara beats Intanon: 17-21, 21-18, 21-15

The Japanese wizard scripts a fantastic comeback victory against the 2013 world champion to enter the women's singles final. Intanon looked like she's going to wrap it up in straight games at 18-18 in the second game, but Okuhara's steely defence made the difference.

It's going to be a repeat of 2017 World Championships final tomorrow as Okuhara takes on PV Sindhu. It was not long ago when the duo engaged in a marathon encounter two campaigns ago. 
 

Aug 24, 2019 - 18:41 (IST)

Okuhara forces a decider! 

The Japanese shuttler made perfect use of her composed retrieving ability to break the deadlock at 18-18 and snatch the second game. Deciding game incoming. This is arguably the best match of the day. 

Aug 24, 2019 - 18:09 (IST)

Update: 

Ratchanok Intanon wins the opening game 21-17

Proper end-to-end stuff. Okuhara bagged nine straight points from 8-12 down. Intanon replied by bagging ninestraight points from 12-17 down to take the first game. 

Aug 24, 2019 - 17:52 (IST)

Meanwhile, its the battle of the former world champions in the second women's singles semi-finals between Ratchanok Intanon and Nozomi Okuhara. 

12-12! We may see a decider in this match... 
 

Aug 24, 2019 - 17:35 (IST)

Fairytale run, of course. A good effort nonetheless. 

Aug 24, 2019 - 17:32 (IST)

Momota enters final! 

Kento Momota hardly broke a sweat against Sai Praneeth as the reigning world champion registers a dominating 21-13, 21-8 win. Was Momota even playing at his best or was Praneeth flustered after the first game? The Japanese mixed his shots judiciously in the first game and played more freely from the forecourt. 

Praneeth will be happy with a historic bronze medal. Tough luck! 

Aug 24, 2019 - 17:26 (IST)

Praneeth 8-19 Momota

The Japanese has been very clinical. He just floats around the court. Praneeth clearly doesn't have the answers as he's limited to loft the shuttle from the backcourt. 

Aug 24, 2019 - 17:23 (IST)

Praneeth 6-17 Momota

Praneeth has been too slow on the counter, making the task easier for Momota. The Japanese is able to move freely from front to back.  

Aug 24, 2019 - 17:21 (IST)

Praneeth 5-15 Momota

Momota takes the Indian by surprise there. He engages in a quality rally and smartly finds a spot to hit a down-the-line smash. 

Indian badminton witnessed a glorious day on Friday as both PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth won their respective quarter-final ties in World Badminton Championships 2019 to be assured of the medals.

Sindhu reached the last four with a come-from-behind win over Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying. Sindhu, who registered a 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 win, also secured her fifth World Championship medal.

Sindhu will now take on China’s Chen Yu Fei in the semi-finals on Saturday.

On the other hand, Praneeth stunned world number four Indonesia's Jonatan Christie. World number 19 Praneeth defeated Christie 24-22, 21-14 in 51 minutes to reach the semi-finals. The shuttler also became the first Indian player to secure a medal in men's singles event in World Championship after Prakash Padukone, who won a bronze in 1983.

Praneeth will face defending champion and world number one Kento Momota of Japan in the last four.

The Indian player had lost to Momota in the quarter-finals in last year's World Championships

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