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Indian badminton juggernaut continues at CWG

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

Indian shuttlers continued their impressive show with top stars P V Sindhu, Nehwal and Srikanth progressing to the semifinals of their respective events in the 21st Commonwealth Games' competition here today.

It was yet another successful day for Indian players as they dominated the proceedings at the Arena.

Olympic and silver medallist Sindhu, who recovered from an that kept her away from the mixed team event, beat Canada's 21-14 21-17 to set up a semifinal clash with defending champion of It was Michelle who had ended Sindhu's golden dream at Glasgow CWG in 2014.

"I think I could have finished it off much sooner. I played simpler on my side and I should not have done that. Overall, it is a game that I was leading but never take a chance. I think it was a good game overall," said.

Newly-crowned World No. 1 and top seed Srikanth registered a 21-15 21-12 win over Singapore's Zin Rei in 34 minutes to set up a clash with 2010 CWG silver medallist of England in the semifinals tomorrow.

"I think it was a tough one but, overall, it was a really good match and I am really happy with the way it went today," he said.

On his semifinal match against Rajiv, Srikanth said: "Rajiv is someone who has a lot of experience, so playing him is definitely going to be tough. I will go back and recover for tomorrow and play my best."

champion Saina, meanwhile, took 32 minutes to dispatch Canada's 21-8 21-13 and sail into the semifinals. The London bronze medallist will face Scotland's Kristy Gilmour, who had clinched the silver medal in the last edition in 2014.

World No. 11 H S Prannoy also sent Sri Lankan Dinuka Karunaratna packing with a 21-13 21-6 victory to enter the semifinals. He will face three-time Olympic silver medallist tomorrow. The Indian will look back at his two wins against the Malaysian legend at and last year for inspiration ahead of the clash.

In the women's doubles, N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa saw off Sri Lankan pair of Hasini Ambalangodage and Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-11 21-13 in just 26 minutes to enter the semifinals.

Men's doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty took another step closer to earning a maiden medal for when they outwitted Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Soon Huat 21-14 15-21 21-9 to make it to the semifinal. They will face unseeded Sri Lankan pair of and tomorrow.

Satwik and Ashwini also reached the last four with a thrilling 21-19 21-19 win over the Malaysian pair of Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie. The Indian duo will face the English pair of and tomorrow.

However, the mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Chopra and Sikki suffered a 17-21 12-21 loss to Malaysiann Chan Peng Soon and Goh to crash out of the tournament.

Young Ruthvika Gadde's campaign also came to a painful end after suffering a lower back and had to retire midway in the opening game of the match against Scotland's

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 17:50 IST
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