Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal wins three-game thriller towards Iris Wang, advances into semi-finals

Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal wins three-game thriller towards Iris Wang, advances into semi-finals

Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal wins three-game thriller against Iris Wang, advances into semi-finals

File picture of Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal. AFP

Paris: Indian ace Saina Nehwal eked out an exciting three-game win over USA’s Iris Wang to advance to the ladies’s singles semi-finals of the Orleans Masters badminton match in Paris on Friday.

It’s the first semi-final in two years for world No 20 Saina, who’s determined to build up rating factors to make it to her fourth Olympics on the Tokyo Video games. Her final semi-final look was in January 2019 on the Indonesia Masters 500 match, which she had gained.

The fourth-seeded Indian, who had withdrawn from the All England Championships final week as a result of an harm, needed to dug deep to script a 21-19 17-21 21-19 win over world No 36 Wang in a gruelling quarter-final match that lasted precisely an hour.

The London Olympic bronze medallist will face both Denmark’s Line Christophersen or compatriot Ira Sharma for a spot within the finals on the Tremendous 100 occasion, which is part of BWF’s revised Olympic qualification occasions.

Commonwealth Video games bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, seeded eighth, additionally entered the final 4 stage of the ladies’s doubles competitors after notching up a surprising 21-14 21-18 win over England’s third-seeded duo of Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith.

The world No  25 Indian pair will face top-seeded Thailand mixture of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.

The Indian males’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 semi-finals.

The unheralded Indian duo will face England’s Callum Hemming and Steven Stallwood for a spot within the remaining on Saturday.

The English pair had ended the marketing campaign of Indian seventh seeds MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila 21-19 18-21 23-21 within the quarter-finals.

Saina dished out a compact recreation as she led 11-5 on the first interval however Wang narrowed the hole to 13-15 after the break. The American reeled off 5 straight factors subsequent to seize a 18-16 lead.

Nevertheless, Saina sealed the opening recreation with 4 straight factors.

The second recreation was a detailed affair as each the gamers fought exhausting earlier than Saina eked out a slender 13-11 lead on the mid-game however a decided Wang pushed forward and roared again into contest.

Within the decider, Saina led 6-4 after which 12-8. The Indian saved her nostril forward regardless of Wang respiration down her neck. Saina grabbed three match factors, wasted two of them earlier than clinching the match.

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