Indian badminton aces Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth continued their good run in the Denmark Open by respectively reaching the semi-finals of the men’s and the women’s singles. Saina Nehwal beat Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara while Kidami Srikanth overcame the challenge of countryman Sameer Verma.
Saina had to use all the grit and determination which she had in a locker after losing the first game against the Japanese superstar 17-21. But she rallied back superbly to win a closely fought contest by a final score of 17-21, 21-16, 21-12.
Srikanth too faced a tough challenge against Sameer Verma but his experience showed in the end, as he won in what turned out to be an epic contest by a scoreline of 22-20, 19-21, 23-21.
Saina Nehwal will now face World No.19 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung of Indonesia in the semi-final. Srikanth, on the other hand, will have a very tough contest on his hands as he will face off against Kento Momota of Japan, who is ranked No.1 in the world in the semis.