Two-time bronze-medallist P V Sindhu shocked Olympic champion and former World No. 1 Chinese Li Xuerui during a difficult contest, whereas Saina Nehwal sailed into the women’s singles quarterfinals once a simple win within the World badminton Championship here on Thursday.
With this ending, Sindhu has positioned herself a step nearer to claiming a hat-trick of medals in World championship.
The eleventh seeded Sindhu, who clenched the medallion in 2013 and 2014 editions of this tournament, announce an upset persuade over Xuerui 21-17 14-21 21-17 in a very battle that lasted fifty minutes.
London Olympic Games bronze-medallist Saina, on the opposite hand, overcame the 14th-seeded Sayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-18 21-14 in forty seven minutes.
If Saina and Sindhu are able to win their individual quarterfinal matches, they might each be assured of a minimum of a bronze medal every.
Sindhu would next battle eighth seeded Sung Ji-hyun of South Korea and Saina would be up against the winner of the match between Wang Yihan and Bae Yeon Ju.
The World No. 13 Sindhu, who had spent most of the time this season nursing an injury and troubled for form, today gave a glimpse of her previous self.
Sindhu created her intentions clear from the very starting as she opened with a 5-1 lead within the initial game and easily surged ahead, never letting her higher hierarchic opponent catch her.
The nearest the Chinese came was at 16-17 before Sindhu won 3 points on the trot to create it 20-16 and eventually shut the opening game 21-17.
Xuerui, however, came back powerfully with the second game, exploiting all her expertise as she dominated from the very initial purpose to steal the sport 21-14 and take it to the decider.
In the third game, when breaking off from tied 3-3, Sindhu ran away with a 11-6 lead at the break. however the Chinese kept breathing down her neck, clawing back at 13-13.
At 14—14, Sindhu managed to win four sequential points to once more open up a 18—14 lead. thenceforth she simply tightened the noose, not lease the advantage slip and sealed the problem rather well within the finish.
Meanwhile, World No. 2 Saina, despite troubled in the opening game, managed to return from behind and live up to her name to advance to subsequent stage.
Saina conceded an 0-7 lead in the initial game before she slowly clawed back to the sport, winning a point or 2 to stay up together with her Japanese rival.
She finally caught Takahashi at 16-16 and also the game went on neck-and-neck until 18-18 before she bagged 3 points on the trot to win it 21-18.
In the second game, Saina took an early lead and was sailing on smoothly before she was caught by Takahashi at 12—12. when a quick battle, however, the Indian once more bust away with a three—point lead and so attained another 5 consecutive points to win it well.