After Kidambi Srikanth’s exit in the very first match for India on Day 5 of the tournament, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal guaranteed India of no less than two bronze medals subsequent to booking spots in the semifinals.

This is the first run through in the 40-year history of World Championships that India will come back with a pull of more than one medal. It was a catastrophe for Kidambi Srikanth who was beaten in straight games by the World No 1 Son Wan Ho.


Saina, who vanquished sixteenth seed Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 of an hour and 14 minutes, will confront Japanese seventh seed Nozomi Okuhara on Saturday for a place in the last.

Sindhu will now go up against Chen Yufei of China, who entered the semi-last in the wake of beating eighth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 14-21, 21-16, 21-12.

Srikanth never looked in the hurry in first game as the South Korean star outflanked him in each division. But, in the second game, Srikanth gave some battle before surrendering.