Saina enters world badminton semis, receives accolades from sports icons

India's Saina Nehwal plays against China's Yihan Wang during their womens singles badminton semifinals match during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Wembley Arena August 3, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT BADMINTON SPORT OLYMPICS)


By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a marathon match that lasted an hour and 12 minutes at the 9,000-seater Istora Senayan, World No.2 Saina came out with a sensational performance to oust former world champion Yihan Wang of China 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 and advance to the last four stage after seven years and six attempts.

Saina will now take on local talent Lindaweni Fanetri for a place in the summit clash, against whom the Olympic bronze medallist has a 2-1 advantage in career meetings.

Sports icons on Friday took to Twitter to congratulate ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for reaching the singles semi-finals at the badminton world championships on Friday.

“Heartiest congratulations to #Saina,” Indian shuttler and Saina’s contemporary Jwala Gutta posted on the social networking site, along with a few ‘clap’ emoticons.

V.V.S. Laxman wished Saina “good luck” for the upcoming matches and hoped she would win the title.

“That was an exciting match 🙂 Well done @NSaina Good luck for your upcoming matches and hope you will win the World Championship Title,” posted Laxman.

“Congratulations @NSaina on entering the maiden semis of World Championship. All the best for the Gold,” wrote Indian left-handed batsman Suresh Raina.