Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal wins thriller towards Iris Wang to maneuver to semi-finals as Kidambi Srikanth crashes out

Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal wins thriller towards Iris Wang to maneuver to semi-finals as Kidambi Srikanth crashes out

The fourth-seeded Indian, who had withdrawn from the All England Championships final week because of an damage, needed to dug deep to script a 21-19 17-21 21-19 win over world No 36 Wang

Orleans Masters: Saina Nehwal wins thriller against Iris Wang to move to semi-finals as Kidambi Srikanth crashes out

File picture of Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal. AFP

Paris: Indian ace Saina Nehwal eked out an exhilarating three-game win over USA’s Iris Wang to advance to the ladies’s singles semi-finals however Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the boys’s singles competitors on the Orleans Masters badminton event 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 her fourth Olympic look in Tokyo 2020. Her final semi-final look was in January 2019 within the Indonesia Masters 500 event which she had gained.

The fourth-seeded Indian, who had withdrawn from the All England Championships final week because of an damage, needed to dug deep to script a 21-19 17-21 21-19 win over world No 36 Wang in a gruelling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.

Saina dished out a compact sport 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 sport with 4 straight factors.

The second sport was a detailed affair as each the gamers fought onerous 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 stored her nostril forward regardless of Wang respiration down her neck. Saina grabbed three match factors, wasted two of them earlier than clinching the match.

Former world primary Srikanth, nonetheless, minimize a sorry determine as he went down 19-21 17-21 to France’s Toma Junior Popov in a 31-minute males’s singles quarter-final.

Star doubles participant Ashwini Ponnappa dished out an outstanding sport as she first paired up with N Sikki Reddy to notch up a surprising 21-14 21-18 win over England’s third seeded duo of Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith in girls’s doubles.

Ashwini then mixed with Dhruv Kapila to outwit England’s Max Flynn and Jessica Pugh 21-13 21-18 in blended doubles quarter-finals.

Ashwini and Sikki, world No 25, will face high seeded Thailand mixture of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai subsequent in girls’s doubles.

Ashwini and Dhruv will meet Niclas Nohr and Amalie Magelund in blended doubles semi-finals.

Younger Ira Sharma additionally was no match for Denmark’s Line Christophersen, happening 11-21 8-21 in one other girls’s singles final eight encounter.

Earlier, 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 closing 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.

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