Straight-game wins for Srikanth, Sindhu and Saina sees trio enter CWG badminton semi-finals

A potential all-Indian final clash in the women’s singles Badminton category is on the cards in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, as both Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu secured their passage to the semi-final. New men’s world no. 1 Kidambi Srikanth also reached the semi-final in the men’s singles category, after overcoming Singapore’s Zin Rei Ryan Ng in 34 minutes to set up a clash with 2010 CWG silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England in the semifinals.

Speaking on the match, and the prospect of facing Ouseph in the semi-final, Srikanth said, “I think it was a tough one but, overall, it was a really good match and I am really happy with the way it went today. Rajiv is someone who has a lot of experience, so playing him is definitely going to be tough. I will go back and recover for tomorrow and play my best.”

Sindhu, who recovered from an ankle strain that kept her away from the mixed team event, beat Canada’s Brittney Tam 21-14, 21-17 to enter the semi-final.

“I think I could have finished it off much sooner. I played simpler on my side and I should not have done that. Overall, it is a game that I was leading but never take a chance. I think it was a good game overall,” Sindhu said speaking about her game.

And finally, 2010 Commonwealth Games champion Saina dispatched Canada’s Rachel Honderich 21-8, 21-13 and cruised into the semifinals. She will face Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour, who had clinched the silver medal in the last edition of the CWG in 2014.

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