COPENHAGEN: Youngster P.V Sindhu went down on her knees in joy while compatriot Saina Nehwal walked out in disappointment on a day when India’s top women’s singles stars experienced contrasting fortunes against opponents from China.
The 19-year-old Sindhu put up a superb but tiring performance to stun Wang Shixian 19-21, 21-19, 21-15 to make a second consecutive semi-finals in the World Championships in a match that went on for 125 minutes.
It was a wonderful comeback by Sindhu, who failed to live up to the top billing and settled for a bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games two weeks ago.
“I’m so happy that I’ve beaten her again,” said a delighted Sindhu, whose record against the China shuttler now stands at 4-2.
“The third game was so crucial. I was leading 11-5 in the first and lost. I was trailing in the second but made a comeback to win it. In the rubber, I was down 12-16 ... so it was great to fight back and win.
“I am in the semis again. I want to go one step better,” added Sindhu, who will take on the winner of the match between Spain’s Carolina Marin and Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying.
Top seed Li Xuerui did her talking on the court when she defeated Saina 21-15, 21-15 in an absorbing match.
It was Saina’s fifth quarter-final defeat in the world meet but one that attracted more attention for what she had said off court.