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Saina enters world badminton semis, receives accolades from sports icons

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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)

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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.

 

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Shraddha Kapoor Shares Her Look From The Upcoming Movie

Directed by Amol Gupte and produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, the Saina Nehwal biopic went on floors on September 22

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Shraddha shares sporty 'Saina' look. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is busy shooting “Saina” – based on the life of badminton player Saina Nehwal, has unveiled her first look from the film.

The 31-year-old took to Instagram and posted a picture showcasing her transformation into the ace badminton player, who won the bronze for the country in 2012 London Olympics.

In the picture, Shraddha Kapoor can be seen wearing a sports outfit with India’s flag on it and holding a racquet in her hand.

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Shraddha Kapoor. Wikimedia commons

Sharing her film’s shoot experience, Shraddha said, “Saina’s parents gave lots of love to me and they treated me like a family when I visited their home, so, it felt really nice to see them here.”

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Directed by Amol Gupte and produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series, the Saina Nehwal biopic went on floors on September 22. (IANS)