Saina Nehwal, the former number one player, lost the semi finals against Nozomi Okuhara, in the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow. Sunday will see PV Sindhu and Chen Yufei playing the finals.
The semi-final of the World Badminton Championships in Glasgow saw Saina Nehwal settling for a bronze against Nozomi Okuhara, with a score of 21-12 17-21 10-21, India TV News reported. The former world number one was unable to showcase her best game against the Japanese player, who made all the more efforts to make a comeback after she lost the first game.
Notably, it was not the first time that Saina and Okuhara faced each other in a game. In international badminton, both have faced each other seven times, and it was Saina, who had an upper hand in six of the matches.
Both Saina and Okuhara showcased a fast-paced game with cross court angled returns, down-line-smashes, as well as deceptive drops. Before the change of sides, Saina reached eight game points. But, after the change, gradually, it was Okuhara, who started dominating and with one wrongly judged shot, she handed the silver medal to Okuhara.
It must be mentioned here that the previous edition of the championship game that was held in Jakarta in the year 2015 saw the ace shuttler winning a silver medal. It was a close fight in the finals and it was Spain’s Carolina Marin Martin, who won the gold medal.
Sunday will see the coming together of the Indians and the Japanese once again as PV Sindhu will face Chen Yufei in the finals of World Badminton Championships.