Pusarla Venkata Sindhu aims to become India's first-ever world badminton championship finalist

India's chief coach Pullela Gopichand is quietly confident ahead of Sindhu's semi-final while former Olympian Aparna Popat believes that the 18-year-old can win the gold medal.

updated: August 10, 2013 11:50 IST
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18-year old Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is aiming to break new grounds for Indian badminton. The world no.12 takes on Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon in the women's singles semifinals of the World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou, China today. Already assured of a bronze medal, Sindhu aims to become the first Indian to enter the finals of the world championships. (Live updates)

No Indian man or woman has ever reached the world badminton championship summit clash.

Previously, Prakash Padukone won a medal in the world championships way back in 1983 when he bagged a bronze in the men's singles event in Copenhagen, while the women's doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had claimed another bronze for India in the last edition of the tournament in Wembley, London in 2011.

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