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BWF World Championship Semi-finals | Follow the live action

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PV Sindhu cruised into the semi finals of the World Badminton Championships in a mere 39 minutes to ensure India of their first medal by beating Sun Yu 21-14, 21-9. Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal had to toil hard for her win against Kristy Gilmour and eventually managed a 21-19, 18-21, 21-15 over the Scot.

It's the day 6 of the World Badminton Championships and so far the Indian women have shone in the tournament with PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal winning their respective quarterfinals on Friday. The duo have ensured India of at least two bronze medals and it would be the first time in the history of the game that India will be returning with more than one medal from the competition.

Rio silver medalist PV Sindhu had to battle it hard in the pre-quarterfinal against Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong but eventually outplayed Yi 19-21, 23-21, 21-17. However, the quarter-final against China's Sun Yu was a completely different affair as the World No. 6 dominated the match from the word go and denied giving an inch to the Chinese. The match eventually ended in a flash with Sindhu cruising into the semi-finals. Sindhu will today face another Chinese opponent in Chen Yufei who has been seeded 9th in the competition.

On the other hand, Saina Nehwal was at her best when she outclassed World No. 3 Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea 21-19 21-15 to ease into the quarters of the tournament. Saina's quarterfinal game, however, was not as easy as the round of 16 match she played as Scottish shuttler Kristy Gilmour was not ready to go down easily against the thirteenth seed Indian. Saina, though, outplayed the home shuttler and setup a semi-final clash against Japan's Nozomi Okuhara. Okuhara was in sublime form in her quarterfinal match and overcame two-time defending champion, Carolina Marin 21-18, 14-21, 21-15.

You can follow all the actions of the semi finals with our live blog here.

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