GLASGOW: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu cruised into the final of the World Championship with an easy win over Chen Yufei of China, setting herself up on course to become the first Indian to win a gold in the showpiece event.
The 22-year-old Sindhu notched up a straight-game (21-13 21-10) win over World No. 10 Chen in the women’s singles semifinals last night, to assure India of at least a silver medal from her after compatriot Saina Nehwal had to settle for a bronze.
In the summit clash, Sindhu faces Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara who had beaten Saina 12-21 21-17 21-10 in the first semifinals yesterday. With Saina’s semifinal loss, the hopes of an all- Indian final did not materialise.
This will be Sindhu’s first final appearance in the World Championship and thus her best ever performance. This will also be a third medal for Sindhu in the World Championship, having won bronze twice in 2013 and 2014 after losing at the semifinal stage in both the editions.
She can do even better and script history by becoming the first Indian world champion shuttler.
India has won one silver (through Saina in 2015) and four bronze in the World Championships before this Glasgow edition.
Prakash Padukone was the first Indian to have won a medal with his bronze in men’s singles in 1983 before the Indian women’s doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa bagged a bronze in 2011.
With this win, Sindhu also became the only second Indian to reach the final of a World Championship after Saina achieved that feat in the last edition at Jakarta.
It will also be India’s best ever show in a World Championship as the country will now grab two medals for the first time.