Pusarla Venkata Sindhu crashes out in world badminton semis, settles for historic bronze

Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon blows away Indian rival 21-10, 21-13 in just 35 minutes to set up final with top seed Chinese Li Xuerui. This is Ratchanok's maiden entry in the final of a world championship

updated: August 10, 2013 20:00 IST
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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu's giant-killing run came to an end in the World Badminton Championship in Guangzhou, China on Saturday. In an one-sided semifinal, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon demolished her Indian opponent 21-10, 21-3 in just 35 minutes. Ratchanok is the first Thailand shuttler ever to enter the final of a world championship. She will now clash with top-seed Chinese Li Xuerui. (Bit upset after loss but big 'victory' for me: PV Sindhu)

Sindhu had already scripted history on Friday when she upset former world No. 1 Wang Shixian 21-18, 21-16 in the quarterfinals. She became the first Indian woman ever to win a singles bronze at WBC. The only other Indian to win a world bronze was Prakash Padukone in 1983. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa had won a doubles bronze in 2011 at Wembley. ('PV Sindhu lost to Prakash Padukone's style of play by Intanon')

Tenth-seeded Sindhu was the tournament's giant-killer. The 18-year-old from Hyderabad was the competition's 10th seed but en route to Saturday's semis, surprised higher ranked Chinese opponents like sixth seed Wang Shixian and second seed Wang Yihan. But Saturday proved to be an anti-climax as a defensive Sindhu failed to push Ratchanok at any stage of their 35-minute contest. (Match as it happened)

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  • Mohammad Azizuddin Azharuddin
  • Badminton
  • PV Sindhu
  • Jwala Gutta
  • Saina Nehwal