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Saina Nehwal settles Bronze, now focus on Sidhu's performance

Saina Nehwal settles Bronze, now focus on Sidhu's performance

PV Sindhu, Nozomi Okuhara, Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen will be in action in the final.

The 22-year-old, the world number four, was in a ruthless mood throughout the quarter-final clash as she dispatched her Chinese opponent and fifth-seed 21-14, 21-9 in just 39 minutes.

Saina, 12th seed, fought off home favourite and 16th seed Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 in an hour and 14 minutes to assure India of at least a bronze medal. Nevertheless, Saina, along with PV Sindhu, created history by helping India clinch two medals in the same edition of a World Championships. Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, two-time champion Carolina Marin, Japan's Nozomi Okuhara also entered the final eight.

The latter was obvious in the semi-finals where the Japanese absolutely sapped all energy out of Saina Nehwal who pretty much looked worn out and listless mid-way through the third game.

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IST: The women's doubles final has begun. It is interesting to note that it was the only time a match between Sindhu and Okuhara finished in straight games. "I have met a lot of tough players so far, but I am really happy to have pulled through". Saina looked exhausted towards the end; she lost out on a rally, when Okuhara hit a cross-court shot to bag more points. Chen, who graduated from junior ranks only a year ago, has already eliminated No 1 seed, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in pre-quarters. She was also pepped up playing in front of her home crowd and she wanted to do well as this was a medal round.

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In the first game, Sindhu led 5-4, which she extended to 8-4. Sindhu then distanced herself, reaching 15-12 before comfortably grabbing five match points at 20-15.

The drift, however, seemed to bother Sindhu as she misjudged a few returns at the baseline to concede points.

Sindhu will go for her shots but she will need to stay patient against Okuhara. The Korean grabbed six game point opportunity and sealed it when the Indian hit the net twice.

"I've been talking to my psychologist and we chose to look at it as having more time to get ready rather than wait around", she explained. All eyes will be on Sindhu to see if she can finally break the jinx and win the gold.

During the match, the duo engaged in long rallies with Chen trying to make the Indian twist and turn with her controlled returns. The Pullela Gopichand-trained shuttler suffered early exits in Malaysia, Indonesia and failed to get past the quarter-final in Singapore, Badminton Asia Championships and Australian Open.

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