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Saina, Sindhu set up all-Indian final, Srikanth too enters final at CWG

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

India's queens PV Sindhu and Nehwal set up the much-anticipated women's singles summit clash at after winning their respective semifinals in contrasting fashion, here today.

The 22-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who had missed the mixed team competition due to an ankle sprain, knocked out defending champion 21-18 21-8 in just 26 minutes while former world no 1 had to dig deep to struggle past 2014 silver medallist 21-14 18-21 21-17 in 68 minutes

With two star shuttlers reaching the final, are assured of gold and silver in the women's singles.

2010 champion and 2014 bronze medallist Sindhu had clashed at the Senior National championship finals last November with the former having the last laugh after a gruelling match.

Newly-crowned world no 1 Kidambi Srikanth also progressed to the final of the men's singles after defeating silver medallist of England 21-10 21-17 in little over half an hour.

However, three-time Olympic silver medallist prevented an all-Indian men's singles clash by getting the better of HS Prannoy 21-16 9-21 21-14 in the other semifinal


Earlier, young Indian pair of and also stood one step away from a historic gold medal as they reached the finals of the men's doubles event with a 21-18 21-10 win over Sri Lanka's and Buwaneka Goonethilleka.

Assured of at least a silver, Satwik and Chirag will be the first Indian pair to win a men's doubles medal at

"We started off pretty badly like till 17 we were down and in the end we played a bit more steady and smarter to take the game. The second game we started off confidently right from first point and that's what helped us," Chirag told

Satwik and Chirag will now face Rio bronze medallists and tomorrow.

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, however, lost 21-17 15-21 4-21 to Malaysian combo of and in women's doubles semifinals.

The duo will now play for the bronze medal against local hopes Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville later in the day.

Ashwini and Satwik also went down fighting 22-20 18-21 16-21 to England's and in mixed doubles semifinals and will play for bronze.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 11:55 IST
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