That’s all the badminton action we have for you today from the BWF World Championships in Basel. A fantastic day for Indian fans and hopefully it gets better tomorrow when PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth take court. Follow Firstpost’s continued coverage of Worlds and everything from around the globe. Until tomorrow, it’s goodbye!
In the semifinal
B Sai Praneeth vs Kento Momota (The Japanese player had earlier beaten HS Prannoy)
PV Sindhu vs Blichfeldt/Chen Yu Fei
Bringing you up to speed with key achievements by both Sindhu and Sai Praneeth:
– PV Sindhu with just her second win in eight matches against Tai Tzu Ying
– Sindhu assuring herself of a third medal in a row at the World Championships and fifth overall.
– B Sai Praneeth becomes second Indian since Prakash Padukone to reach last-four of Worlds
Two medals for India in the same edition will happen just for the second time.
#BWFWorldChampionships With Sai Praneeth and Sindhu reaching the semi-finals, this will be the second time that India will have two medallist from the same edition. Saina and Sindhu had achieved that feat in 2017. India’s medals tally now stands at 10 with Sindhu bagging 50%
What a feat for B Sai Praneeth! He becomes only the second Indian men’s singles shuttler after Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a World Championship medal! What medal will it be in the end remains to be seen.
B Sai Praneeth registers a historic win!
Praneeth has ended India’s 36-year wait for a men’s singles medal at the World Championships with a 24-22, 21-14 win over Jonatan Christie. He was outstanding from the word go and didn’t look back despite losing focus midway in the second game. A great feat after owing the last two years to injuries and indifferent form.
Praneeth 19-14 Christie
The Indian takes consecutive points as he looks to close the contest quickly.
Praneeth 15-11 Christie
The Indonesian is trying his best to crawl back into the match. Praneeth is looking a bit tired as he gifts another point to his opponent.
Praneeth is surging ahead!
Praneeth leads 11-3 at the mid-game break!
Christie’s body language isn’t looking great right now
B Sai Praneeth is in action against Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. The Indian takes a 9-6 lead in the opening game. We’ve already witnessed a humdinger of a match. Let’s see how this one unfolds.
PV Sindhu pulls off the unthinkable!
The Indian ace shuts down Tai Tzu Ying 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 to enter the semi-finals and thus confirms a medal for India at the World Championships once again. After a disastrous opening game, Sindhu scripted a great comeback to tame the former World No 1.
Tai Tzu 19-19 Sindhu
Nerves playing a part, understandably. Sindhu rushes at the net twice as Tai levels the score in the third game.
Tai Tzu 17-19 Sindhu
And just in the nick of time, Sindhu bags quick points to take a two-point advantage. This is a great comeback after the first game.
Tai Tzu 17-17 Sindhu
Just when Tai looked set to wrap this match, Sindhu roars back with her attacking prowess. Huge points for Sindhu.
Tai Tzu 14-14 Sindhu
Told you, it’s all square now. Sindhu has played a barrage of half and full smashes. This time, Tai couldn’t read the body smash coming from the other side.
Tai Tzu 13-10 Sindhu
Tai has successfully maintained the lead over Sindhu, who has tried every stroke from the textbook to gain the advantage. It is still a tight contest.
It’s not over yet, Tai
Great defensive show from Tai Tzu. The Taiwanese leads 11-9 at the mid-game break
A handful of consecutive points for Sindhu. She’s looking desperate to bag quick points before the mid-game break.
Tai Tzu 6-4 Sindhu
And yet again, the Indian allows Tai to move freely and take the lead. Sindhu’s defensive approach is a gift to Tai. The Taiwanese is extremely sharp from all four corners.
Tai Tzu 3-3 Sindhu
Much better play by Sindhu. She has been able to remain sharp after a horrible first game. Tai, however, is still applying pressure from the forecourt.
Tai takes first game: 21-12
The former World No 1’s dominance is a treat to watch. Tai has taken complete control of the shuttle and has made Sindhu work harder on the net. The Indian ace hasn’t been able to play her natural game due to the pressure coming from the other half of the net.
Tai Tzu 19-10 Sindhu
The Taiwanese has been on the front foot since the start of the game. It takes a lot of speed and control of the shuttle to maintain the lead.
Tai Tzu 17-9 Sindhu
Sindhu hasn’t created the space for hitting those down-the-line attacking drives. Instead, Tai has kept her at bay. One-way traffic at the moment.
Tai Tzu 12-7 Sindhu
The Indian bags two quick points to close the gap but she’ll need more of her attacking strokes on the tramlines to stand a chance against Tai.
The World No 2 is making life difficult for Sindhu with her wrist wizardry. The defensive strokes by Sindhu haven’t been accurate too.
Tai Tzu 5-2 Sindhu
The Indian will have to focus on retrieving skills to trouble Tai early on in the game. The Taiwanese seems relaxed after a good start.
Time for PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying
A repeat of the World Tour Finals final. Will Tai avenge her defeat? It’ll be interesting to see how she responds after a series of disappointing results in the second half of the season.
Meanwhile, three-time World Championships medalist Sindhu has added a few strokes to her arsenal. The maturity shown during the Indonesia Open and other BWF events was lauded by many. Barring last year’s World Tour Finals, she has struggled against the Taiwanese. Let’s see if she can manage to topple the top dog again.
Tai leads the head-to-head meetings between the two by a huge 10-4 margin.
The latest edition of BWF World Championship is underway in Basel, Switzerland, with the quarter-finals starting today. The Indian challenge will be led by B sai Praneeth and PV Sindhu. Praneeth stunned World No 8 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the pre-quarters, while the experienced HS Prannoy lost on Thursday.
File image PV Sindhu. AP
Praneeth sent Indonesia’s Ginting packing after a 21-19, 21-13 victory. Prannoy managed to put up a good fight against World No 1 Kento Momota but lost 19-21, 12-21.
Praneeth was on top of his game from the start as he erased a 0-3 deficit to move to an 8-5 deficit. He entered the break with an 11-8 advantage.
After the interval, Ginting pulled things back at 14-12 and threatened to stop Praneeth before the Indian got his act together to win the opening game with three straight points from 18-19.
In the second game, Praneeth moved to 6-2 but Anthony made his way to manage an 11-8 lead at the breather. After the break, Praneeth kept marching ahead as Ginting crumbled.
India’s No 1 men’s singles shuttler Kidambi Srikanth suffered an unexpected defeat to Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in straight games.
Meanwhile, PV Sindhu dominated against Beiwen Zhang with a 21-14, 21-6 win in the third round. Saina Nehwal was ousted by Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in a three-game contest 21-15, 25-27, 12-21.