Saina assured of bronze at World Championship

Saina assured of bronze at World Championship

Saina assured of bronze at World Championship

Badminton ace Saina Nehwal brought her ‘A’ game to the court on Friday to give India a perfect Independence Day gift as she fought her way into the semifinals of the BWF World Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 25-year-old Hyderabadi, up against Chinese heavyweight Wang Yihan, took an hour and 12 minutes to assure herself her first medal at the championship with a 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 win at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium.

Saina will be the second Indian woman after P V Sindhu to win a medal at the meet. Sindhu had won bronze in the 2013 and 2014 editions. Saina’s presence in the semifinals means India will have a medal for the third straight time.

“I am very lucky. It was like a final. It was very special,” said Saina. “At the highest level, the difference is very little. Everyone is good in the top 10. The margin of error is very little. Luck played a big role and today, my patience also paid off,” she said.

“It is a first in many ways. So I will want to thank my coaches, my families, parents and my hard work. It is a god’s gift for me,” added Saina, who will play Lindaweni Fanetri of Indonesia in the semifinal.

“Linda is very strong. I played her two years back. It will be a different match. So you never know,” said Saina.