Indian badminton witnessed a glorious day on Friday as both PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth won their respective quarter-final ties in World Badminton Championships 2019 to be assured of the medals.
Sindhu reached the last four with a come-from-behind win over Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying. Sindhu, who registered a 12-21, 23-21, 21-19 win, also secured her fifth World Championship medal.
Sindhu will now take on China’s Chen Yu Fei in the semi-finals on Saturday.
On the other hand, Praneeth stunned world number four Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie. World number 19 Praneeth defeated Christie 24-22, 21-14 in 51 minutes to reach the semi-finals. The shuttler also became the first Indian player to secure a medal in men’s singles event in World Championship after Prakash Padukone, who won a bronze in 1983.
Praneeth will face defending champion and world number one Kento Momota of Japan in the last four.
The Indian player had lost to Momota in the quarter-finals in last year’s World Championships