Former world No 1 and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina Nehwal and world no ten H S Prannoy entered into the semi-finals of the women's and men's singles competition at the Asia Badminton Championship, while Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and top seed Kidambi Srikanth were crashed out of the tournament here on Friday.
Saina beat unseeded Korean Lee Jang Mi 21-15 21-13 in a 43-minute clash. She will face world no 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei next.
"I am pleased with my game. Right now my confidence is at a high and I hope to go beyond the semis," said London Olympics bronze medallist Saina.
Prannoy fought 18-21 23-21 21-12 to win over second seeded Korean Son Wan Ho in a match that lasted an hour and 12 minutes. He will face Olympic champion and third seed Chen Long next.
On the other hand, Sindhu, who had won a silver at the recent Commonwealth Games, lost 19-21 10-21 to seventh seeded Korean Sung Ji Hyun, Srikanth went down 12-21 15-21 to Malaysian Lee Chong Wei.
Sindhu wasn't good enough in the second game as the Korean jumped to a 5-1 lead and kept her nose ahead at 11-9 during the interval. The world no 9 reeled off seven straight points to double her lead and soon shut the doors on the Indian.
Chong Wei, who had defeated Srikanth for the individual gold at Gold Coast, kept his distance from the Indian in the second game as well after moving to a 10-8 lead. (UNI)