Orleans Masters Badminton: Things are getting from bad to worse for former World No. 1 Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth. Former world number one Srikanth, however cut a sorry figure as he went down 19-21, 17-21 to France’s Toma Junior Popov in a 31-minute men’s singles quarterfinals. Saina Nehwal though made it to semi-finals after a long time and will play against Denmark’s Line Christophersen today in evening
Orleans Masters Badminton – Saina Nehwal enters Semifinals: Indian ace Saina Nehwal eked out a thrilling three-game win over USA’s Iris Wang to advance to the women’s singles semifinals on Friday.
It is the first semifinals in two years for world no. 20 Saina, who is desperate to accumulate ranking points to make it to her four Olympics at the Tokyo Games. Her last semifinal appearance was in January 2019 in the Indonesia Masters 500 tournament which she had won.
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The fourth seeded Indian, who had withdrawn from the All England Championships last week due to an injury, had to dug deep to script a 21-19, 17-21, 21-19 win over world no. 36 Wang in a gruelling quarterfinals match that lasted exactly an hour.
The London Olympic bronze medallist will face Denmark’s Line Christophersen for a place in the finals of the Super 100 event, which is a part of BWF’s revised Olympic qualification events.
Orleans Masters Badminton – Ponappa, Reddy shines: Star doubles player Ashwini Ponnappa dished out a superb game as she first paired up with N Sikki Reddy to notch up a stunning 21-14, 21-18 win over England’s third-seeded duo of Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith in women’s doubles.
Ashwini then combined with Dhruv Kapila to outwit England’s Max Flynn and Jessica Pugh 21-13, 21-18 in mixed doubles quarterfinals.
Ashwini and Sikki, world no. 25, will face the top-seeded Thailand combination of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai next in women’s doubles.
Ashwini and Dhruv will meet Niclas Nohr and Amalie Magelund in the mixed doubles semifinals.
Earlier, the Indian men’s doubles pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnu Vardhan Goud Panjala outwitted world no. 47 French duo of Christo Popov and Toma Junior Popov 21-17, 10-21, 22-20 in an hour and three minutes to make it to the semifinals.
The unheralded Indian duo will face England’s Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood for a place in the final on Saturday.
The English pair had ended the campaign of Indian seventh seeds MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila 21-19, 18-21, 23-21 in the quarterfinals