Basel: It was a notable day for India at the ongoing BWF World Championships in Switzerland on Saturday, as PV Sindhu scripted history by making it to the final of event for the third consecutive time while Sai Praneeth became only the second Indian men's singles player after the legendary Prakash Padukone to win a medal at the prestigious tournament.
Rio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu trounced World No 3 Chen Yufei 21-7, 21-14 to enter the women's singles final, while B Sai Praneeth earned a bronze medal after suffering a defeat to Kento Momota in the last-four stage.
Highlights | It's a third straight World Championships final for Pusarla 🇮🇳 after the fine win over Chen Yu Fei 🇨🇳— BWF (@bwfmedia) August 24, 2019
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Hat-trick of finals! 💪@Pvsindhu1 maintains her perfect record against Chinese shuttlers at #BWFWorldChampionships to dismiss WR 3 #ChenYufei 2⃣1⃣-7⃣, 2⃣1⃣-1⃣4⃣ to advance to the final for the 3rd year in a row!— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 24, 2019
One win away from the #GOLD! 👏#IndiaontheRise #Sindhu pic.twitter.com/kaCbkpECst
Praneeth, World No. 19, lost the men's singles semi-final 13-21, 8-21 to World No. 1 Mmomta of Japan but finished with his maiden medal at the world meet. Praneeth had defeated Jonatan Christie of Indonesia 24-22, 21-14 in the last-eight match on Friday to storm into the semi-finals of the tournament.
BRONZE MEDAL 🥉 here in the world championship 😁 could have been much better today against momota but otherwise really happy with the performance..thanks for all your support and love 🙏 #bwfworldchampionships2019 @yonex_sunrise_india @yonex_com @gosportsvoices #teamindia pic.twitter.com/nJRWOflfHr— Sai Praneeth (@saiprneeth92) August 24, 2019
Meanwhile, Sindhu eased past fourth-seed Chen Yu Fei of China in straight games to book her place in the final of the ongoing BWF World Championships in Switzerland on Saturday. India's ace shuttler hardly broke a sweat against her Chinese opponent to seal a comfortable 21-7, 21-14 win in a one-sided semi-final match that lasted 40 minutes. The Hyderabadi will now lock horns with third-seed Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.