Will There Be A Sindhu-Saina Face Off In World Badminton Championships?

Ria Das
Aug 26, 2017 06:17 IST

Olympic Silver Medallist PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal made their mark sealed and assured India of at least two bronze medals in the BWF World Championships 2017. The ongoing tournament is taking place in Glasgow, Scotland. The entire country now patiently waiting for these two ace shuttlers to compete side-by-side. If the semifinal round goes well, the two might have to face each other in the final battle. So there’s a chance of an all-Indian final.

Following their respective quarter-finals, Sindhu knocked down Sun Yu in a straight 21-14, 21-9 to secure  the semis and locked her third World Championships medal in four appearances. On the other hand, two years after making it to her first World Championships final,  Saina struggled to defeat local favourite, Kirsty Gilmour on Friday (Aug 25). Saina took over the game in 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 to join her fellow teammate, PV Sindhu in the last four.

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Since Indian women are shining at the BWF World Championships this year, the hope is high after Kidambi Srikanth’s early exit in the day. If an all-Indian final is in the fore, this very moment would make records as till date only the Chinese and the Indonesians have competed similar before.

Saina on winning the game told, “I was expecting a tough fight from Kirsty and she put that up. She played very well and I knew she would be tough. She has had a good year and also won some tournaments and reached finals and semi-finals. She is a strong player, too. She was also pepped up playing in front of her home crowd and she wanted to do well as this was a medal round. I was surprised how fast she began and then she stayed on till the very end. That was a fine performance from her.”

In the process of scripting history, India have been clinching a medal at World Championships since 2011. However, this would be the first time they will compete with two in semis.

India is continuing its winning streak in the last seven major events: Five World Championships and the two Olympic Games.

This game would definitely test Saina’s credibility as she is returning from a severe knee injury. Meanwhile, young shuttler Sindhu has the highest chance of bagging the next medal in the tournament.

Also read: At 8, Sindhu had promised to be the best sportsperson she could possibly be

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