Glasgow, August 26: India’s star shuttler Saina Nehwal and Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu on Friday registered a thrilling victory over their respective opponents and stormed into the semi finals at the World Badminton Championships which is being held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Sindhu who has won a bronze at the 2013 and 2014 editions defeated fifth placed Yu Sun of China by 21-14, 21-9 in a match that lasted for only 39 minutes at the Emirates Arena. Sindhu will take on China's Yufei Chen on Saturday.
Meanwhile, 12th seed Saina Nehwal dished out Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland by 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 in a hard fought match that lasted for more than an hour. She will now face 7th seed Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-finals. The Japanese shuttler stunned the defending champion Carolina Marin of Spain 21-18, 14-21, 21-15.
Earlier, in the day, Srikanth went down fighting 14-21, 18-21 to world No. 1 Son Wan Ho of Korea in men's singles competition. However, it was a heart breaking for Indian fans as Srikanth had emerged as India's best bet at the event after clinching back-to-back titles at Indonesia and Australia and a final finish at the Singapore Open. Interestingly, India is now assured of two medals with both Sindhu and Saina reaching last-four stage.