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World Badminton Championship: Saina, Sindhu in semis, Kidambi out

Indian women ace shuttlers, Saina Nehwal and P v Sindhu, showed their mettle as they stormed into the semifinals of World Badminton Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. Their win in quarterfinals assured two bronze medals for India. This will be the the first time Indian shuttlers will return home with at least two medals.

22-year-old Sindhu destructed China’s big hope  Sun Yu 21-14, 21-9 in just 39 minutes to storm into the medal round of the Championships. This would be the third World Championships medal for Sindhu, who bagged a bronze each at the 2013, 2014 editions before losing in the quarterfinals in 2015.

Saina Nehwal defeated 16th seed Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 in a marathon match that lasted an hour and 14 minutes. Saina has now beaten the Scot five times in as many matches.

Saina, won a silver at the 2015 World Badminton Championships. She is up against Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara in the semifinals. Nozomi defeated defending champion Carolina Marin of Spain in another quarterfinal.

But in the men’s section India’s hopes ended as Kidambi Srikanth The Indian campaign went down to Wan Ho Son of Korea 21-14, 21-18 in the quarterfinals. 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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