BWF World Championship: PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in Semi Final

PV Sindhu, BWF

Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu beat Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games to cruise into the semifinals and assure herself of a medal in the World Championships here yesterday. Sindhu defeated Okuhara 21-17 21-19 in a 58-minute quarterfinal match to set up a semi-final clash against World No. 2 and another Japanese Akane Yamaguchi today. The World No. 3 Indian produced a dominant display against her World No. 6 rival as she avenged her defeat in the last edition summit clash.

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Earlier in the day, Saina, the 10th seed, was outclassed by Spanish seventh seed and two-time world champion Carolina Marin, who cruised to a 21-6, 21-11 victory in 31 minutes to move into the last four round. Sindhu defeated Okuhara 21-17 21-19 in a 58-minute quarterfinal match to set up a semi-final.

The win was Spaniard Carolina’s fifth in 10 meetings against the veteran Indian, a two-time medallist at the World Championships. On Saturday, Carolina will meet China’s sixth seed He Bingjiao, who eliminated top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei with a 21-18, 7-21, 21-13 win.

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