Sindhu, Saina storm into quarter finals of BWF Badminton World Championship, as Kidambi Srikanth crashes out
It has been a mixed day for India at the BWF Badminton World Championship as both PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal marched into the quarter finals but Kidambi Srikanth crashed out following his loss to Malaysia’s Daren Liew. Saina Nehwal, after conquering Thai Ratchanok Intanon, made history by becoming the first ever woman to enter the quarter final of the BWF Badminton World Championship for the 8th consecutive time.
Saina makes history
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After defeating unseeded Aliye Demirbag quite easily in her opening match, Saina was set to match up with Ratchanok Intanon, who is currently World no. 4. It was expected to be a tough fought match between two top level players, but what followed surprised everyone. Saina, who is ranked 6 places below Intanon, absolutely destroyed her with her skillful replies and powerful smashes. The affair was wrapped up after only 2 matches, both of which were dominated by Saina (21-16, 21-19). After a shock loss in the first match, Intanon recovered in the second match and tried to keep up with Saina’s pace of the game, even bringing the match to a gripping 19-19 halt. But it was Saina who had the last laugh as she maintained her composure perfectly in this tense situation, and won both the points. With this entry in the quarter final, she becomes the only woman to enter her eighth consecutive quarter final of the BWF Badminton World Championship, where she will now face World no. 1 Carolina Marin of Spain.
Sindhu makes merry of opposition
Another dominating win came later on in the day when PV Sindhu beat Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea 21-10 and 21-18. From the very beginning, Sindhu took an aggressive stance and sought to finish this affair quickly by sending a barrage of smashes to Korean Sung Ji Hyun, who had no reply for them. After only managing to score ten points, Sung Ji Hyun finally gave up and lost the first match 21-10. In the second match, she attempted to respond to Sindhu’s shots, and got close to winning the match before finally succumbing to the Indian’s relentless style of play. In the quarter finals, Sindhu will face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, a familiar opponent who she has faced 6 times and won against 3 times.
Srikanth bows out of tournament
The only negative to come out of an otherwise successful day for India at the BWF Badminton World Championship was the crashing out of Kidambi Srikanth. The ace Indian shuttler was up against Malaysian Daren Liew in the match before the quarter finals, and just couldn’t match the pace that Liew was playing with, making him commit a lot of unforced errors and finally losing both the games 18-21, 18-21.
As the tournament now enters into its knockout stages, the Indian shuttlers will begin to face an even stiffer opposition, and will have to up the ante in the BWF Badminton World Championship.