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Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth Reach Semis of Australian Open

Saina beat old rival Ratchanok Intanon.

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Saina Nehwal dug deep for a fighting win over Thai rival Ratchanok Intanon while Kidambi Srikanth too continued his good run to make the semifinals of the USD 750,000 Australian Super Series Badminton tournament.

In an exciting quarterfinal between Olympic bronze medallist Saina and 2013 World Champion Ratchanok, it was the seventh seeded Indian who managed to upstage the second seed 28-26 21-16 after a 56-minute hard-fought women’s singles battle.

Saina will next take on the winner of the match between fourth seed Wang Yihan and eighth seed Tai Tzu Ying.

File picture of Kidambi Srikanth who won the Swiss Open title on Sunday. (Photo: Reuters)
File picture of Kidambi Srikanth who won the Swiss Open title on Sunday. (Photo: Reuters)

In the men’s singles, World No. 13 Srikanth disposed off Korea’s Kwang Hee Heo 21-18 21-17 in 36 minutes.

The Guntur lad will next take on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus tomorrow. The Indian beat him twice last year while losing once at the 2014 French Open.

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