Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth, Prannoy, Satwik, Ashwini in semis (Badminton Roundup)

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Gold Coast, April 13 (IANS) India’s star singles shuttlers P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy advanced to the semi-finals, while Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Rankireddy reached the semi-finals in both the doubles categories at the 21st Commonwealth Games here on Friday.

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina hardly broke sweat to clinch a 21-8, 21-13 win over Canada’s Rachel Honderich, while Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu also notched up a comfortable 21-14, 21-17 win over another Canadian, Brittney Tam.

Saina will next face World No.18 Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland, while Sindhu will take on Canadian Michelle Li for a place in the gold-medal match.

Gilmour progressed after India’s Ruthvika Gadde retired hurt.

In the men’s singles, World No.1 Srikanth thrashed Singapore’s Zin Rei Ryan 21-15, 21-12, while Prannoy eased past Sri Lankan Dinuka Karunaratna 21-13, 21-6 to set-up a clash against Lee Chong Wei. Srikanth will meet Rajiv Ouseph of England on Saturday at the Carrara Sports Arena, here.

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Ashwini and Satwik also enjoyed strong performances. They fought off Malaysian mixed doubles pair Soon Goh Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie with a 21-19, 21-19 win to enter the final.

Ashwini and N. Sikki Reddy, the lone Indian women’s doubles pair in the quarter-finals, comfortably thrashed the Sri Lankan pair of Hasini Ambalangodage and Madushika Dilrukshi Beruwelage 21-11, 21-13.

Satwik then paired up with Chirag Shetty to get past Malaysian men’s doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Huat 21-14, 15-21, 21-9.

However, Sikki’s mixed doubles campaign with Pranaav Chopra came to an end as they lost 17-21, 12-21 to Malaysians Peng and Liu Ying Goh.



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