Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth enter quarters
Aug 27 2017 by Dustin Murphy
"Today I am really happy with my performance because this is my first semi-final", said Son. She had won bronze twice in the 2013 and 2014 editions.
Saina displayed flashes of brilliance, coming up with some well-timed half smashes, but long rallies took a toll on the 27-year-old who looked exhausted towards the end of the second game. Last time I played her I lost to her in Dubai. Even though I had the lead, I didn't want to give away any point.
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina, who had won a silver in the last edition, dished out a gritty performance to outwit World No. 3 Korean Sung Ji Hyun 21-19, 21-15. "It's a dream come true, ever since I was a little boy I dreamed of a World Championships final". While Sindhu's forte is all-out attack, Okuhara's ability to prolong rallies and wear opponents out is her strongest point.
Nehwal was impressed by her opponent.
The match will be broadcast live on television on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1.
Malaysia: TV: Astro Supersport. The all round game of PV Sindhu made it hard for the 19-year old Chinese player to beat her.
Earlier, Nozomi Okuhara stormed into the finals after defeating another Indian Shuttler Shaina Nehwal 12-21, 21-17, 21-10. Notably, the 22-year-old had also eliminated the reigning world and Olympic champion Carolina Marin in the quarter-final, which was also a draining, long battle. But Son got an early jump and held it all the way to the end of a 21-14, 21-18 win. Despite trailing by two points, Sindhu proved her big match temperament and snatched the points easily as she entered the mid-game break with a six-point lead of 11-5. Okuhara then went on to win the opening game in 25 minutes as Sindhu dragged a crosscourt stroke wide. Sindhu then hit a smash straight down the court and then in the next point, she somehow picked up a thunderous smash from Okuhara before hitting a deft cross court shot to take the lead at 19-17.
In the mixed doubles, meanwhile, England's Chris and Gabby Adcock made it into the semi-finals with a comeback 16-21, 21-13, 21-16 win over Hong Kong's Chun Man Tang and Tse Ying Suet.
The former All England Championships victor lost a couple of months to recuperate from a shoulder injury that she sustained towards the end of past year. She bowed out in the group stages of the competition there, a huge disappointment for the Indian badminton fans.