Tag: Saina Nehwal

Sindhu in BWF World Championship final

27 Aug 2017, Glasgow: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu defeated Chen Yufei  of China 21-13, 21-10 to enter her first final of BWF World Championships at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland.

The two-time bronze medallist scored a dominating victory over the junior world champion in the semi-finals. This will be a third medal for Sindhu in the World Championship. She had won bronze twice in the 2013 and 2014 editions.

With this win, she also became the only second Indian to reach the finals of World Championship after Saina Nehwal achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta.

Saina lose in World Championship semis

26 Aug 2017, Glasgow: Saina Nehwal’s dreams of winning the World Championships were shattered when she lost her semi-final match to lost to Nazomi Okuhara of Japan 21-12, 17-21, 10-21 in 73 minutes in Glasgow.

Nazomi Okuhara, created history for Japan as she became the first women’s singles player from the nation to reach the final of the World Championships.

The 12th-seeded Saina had reached the final of the World Championships in 2015 when she ended runner-up to Carolina Marin in Jakarta.

She will face the winner of second semi-final which will be played between India’s PV Sindhu and Chen Yuifei.

Second medal at World Championship assured

25 Aug 2017, Glasgow: Saina Nehwal dished out a gritty performance to stave off the challenge from local favourite Kristy Gilmour and assured herself of a bronze by entering the semi-finals of the World Championship in Glasgow on Friday.

The 27-year-old Indian, who won a silver medal at the last edition at Jakarta, dug deep into her reservoir to eke out a 21-19 18-21 21-15 win over the World No. 31 Gilmour in a match that lasted an hour and 14 minutes. 

The London Olympics bronze medallist will next play seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, who knocked out two-time defending champion Spain’s Carolina Marin 21-18 14-21 21-15 in another match.

Saina improved her head-to-head record against the Scotish player 5-0. Saina thus joined compatriot and two-time bronze medallist P V Sindhu into the semifinals.

Olympic bronze for Saina

On 04 August 2012: Saina Nehwal became the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal. She won the bronze medal in women’s singles at the 2012 London Olympics, when Wang Xin retired from the match after an injury at 18–21, 0–1.

ROAD to Bronze at 2012 London Olympics
Rd NOC Opponent Score Result
SF CHN Wang Xin 18 – 21, 0 – 1 Win
SF CHN Wang Yihan 13 – 21, 13 – 21 Loss
QF DEN Tine Baun 21 – 15, 22 – 20 Win
R16 NED Yao Jie 21– 14, 21 – 16 Win
E2 BEL Lianne Tan 21– 4, 21 – 14 Win
E1 SUI Sabrina Jaquet 21– 9, 21 – 4 Win
Rank NOC 🥇 🥈 🥉 T
1 CHN 🇨🇳 2 0 1 3
2 JPN 🇯🇵 1 0 1 2
3 INA 🇮🇩 1 0 0 1
3 ESP 🇪🇸 1 0 0 1
5 MAS 🇲🇾 0 3 0 3
6 DEN 🇩🇰 0 1 1 2
7 IND 🇮🇳 0 1 0 1
8 GBR 🇬🇧 0 0 1 1
8 KOR 🇰🇷 0 0 1 1
  Total 5 5 5 15