Sindhu trumps Yufei to face Okuhara in the finals

It is yet another final for the silver medalist from Rio, PV Sindhu. While Sindhu too had two Chinese stars (Sun Yu and Chen Yufei) in her way but the Olympic Silver medallist got the best out of them. It will also be India's best ever show in a World Championship as the country will now grab two medals for the first time. Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, two-time champion Carolina Marin, Japan's Nozomi Okuhara also entered the final eight.

Asked how she felt about reaching the semi-finals Sindhu said, "I'm happy about it but there's one more match to go, it's not over yet".

The live broadcast of the final day's matches will commence at 5 pm IST. She looked in control, her deft drops and clever smashes leaving her 22-year-old Japanese rival Nozomi Okuhara looking lost in the first game of their World Championship semifinal in Glasgow on Saturday.

The women's doubles final is going on now.

Sindhu, 22, and Okuhara, 22, have won three games apiece from six outings between them and in the Japanese, the Hyderabadi faces an opponent that likes to play fast-paced shuttle. Towards the closing stages of the match, it was clearly a battle of stamina as both players slumped to their knees repeatedly.

The 27-year-old Saina's second round defeat to unheralded Ukrainian Marija Ulitina was the lowest point for India in Rio, having entered the Games as the previous edition's bronze medallist and a victor of multiple worldwide tournaments. She learnt from her mistakes and started collecting points from every shot.

Sindhu was off to a shaky start in the first game with Chen Yufei taking an early lead.

Sindhu maybe the favourite but will know that Okuhara is a tough opponent.

PV Sindhu had headed to Glasgow with a clear plan.

The former All England Championships victor lost a couple of months to recuperate from a shoulder injury that she sustained towards the end of previous year. She has had a good year and also won some tournaments and reached finals and semi-finals. In the second game, Saina allowed Nozomi four easy points at the start and that gave a much needed confidence to the Japanese girl.

This will be a third medal for the Hyderabadi shuttler in the World Championships. The Indian, on the other hand, had two of her easiest matches in the quarters and semis that should have bolstered her confidence even further. After being initially tied at 3-3, Chen, the reigning world junior champion, won a long rally when Sindhu miscued an overhead stroke to break the deadlock.

  • Julie Sanders