World Badminton Championships: Sindhu into semis, assures India of bronze
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: India’s rising shuttler, PV Sindhu has qualified for the semi-finals of the World Badminton Championship. She beat the 8th seed Chinese Wang Shixian 21-18, 21-17 to assure India’s first medal in the World Badminton Championships since 1983.
The 18-year old will also be the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Championships. In 1983, Prakash Padukone had won an individual bronze for India in the World Championships.
This comes as good news for Indian fans after the news of loss of Sania and Kashyap in their respective matches disappointed them earlier in the day.
Saina Nehwal, suffered a straight-game defeat against Korean Yeon Ju Bae in the quarterfinals of the prestigious event on Friday. Kashyap, could not get across world number three Du Pengyu of China. His gallant fight ended with a 21-16 20-22 15-21 loss in an energy-sapping contest which lasted one hour and 15 minutes here.
Earlier on Thursday, Sindhu stunned world number 2 Wang Yihan of China in straight sets 21-18, 23-21 on Thursday and reached the quarters. It was a massive win for the 18-year-old, as Wang Yihan was also the defending champion.