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Interestingly, all the three matches out of their last six encounters that Sindhu has won, have all come in straight games. Evidently, Sindhu will have to look to do the same on Saturday as well.
Just like Okuhara, Sindhu cannot afford to be bound by the long battles that Yamaguchi will force her into. Sindhu showed a wide range of strokes on Friday to defeat Okuhara and the Indian will have to display a similar variety against Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi is coming into the semi-final at the back of a , , win against China's Chen Yu Fei and her ability to fight out of crunch situations will give her a lot of belief.
Sindhu will need to believe as well. In both these matches, Sindhu won the first game but Yamaguchi took the next two to snatch the match and those memories put Sindhu in a precarious situation. Sindhu will need the mental resolve she showed against Okuhara in the quarter-final. Okuhara took the lead early on in both the games of the match but Sindhu kept her cool and stuck to her plan to take the match.
This is what she will require against Yamaguchi. For the past years, opponents look to tire her in order to win matches against her. Rallies keep getting longer and the physically fitter players take the match. Sindhu will have to fight that mental block. The win against Okuhara was a step towards resolving the riddle of the rally players in Nanjing only to land herself a stronger but similar puzzle in the semi-final. In the other women's singles, Carolina Marin will take on home favourite He Bingjiao and whoever takes this match will wait the winner of Sindhu vs Yamaguchi -- a match that is slated to be the second last match of the Saturday evening.
On the occasion of Republic Day, we look at these champion sportswomen who have made India proud at sporting events across the world and earned laurels for their nation. Sania Mirza has not only established herself as one of the best-paid professionals in India, but also as a role model for aspiring women athletes. However, turned out to be the most successful year for the Hyderabadi as she partnered with Swiss Martina Hingis to not only win back-to-back Grand Slams at Wimbledon and the US Open, but rose to No.
Saina made her country proud by becoming the first badminton star to win an Olympic medal - a bronze — at the London games. Five-time World Boxing Champion and a mother of three, Mary Kom became the first ever Indian boxer to qualify and win an Olympic medal, a bronze at the London games.
The first Championship was held in and it was held after every 2 years. However, since , this championship has been held yearly except during the Summer Olympic Games. With 75, points, Viktor is leading the race to Nanjing. He is the defending champion and is expected to successfully defend the title. Since then he has been in fine form and has shown great athleticism and professionalism throughout the BWF circuit.
This is another favorite player expected to thrill the crowd with his stunning performance during the BWF World Championships. Son participated in the Olympic Games that were held in London and managed to top the group he was in and progressed to the last He also took part in the Olympic Games in Rio but was overpowered by the Chinese professional player Chen Long in the quarterfinals.
Chen Long is a professional badminton from China. It is essential to point out that Chen Long is a two-time World champion as well as all England champion.
With all these accolades, he is expected to produce a stunning performance this year before thousands of home fans and badminton lovers across the world. With over career wins, Shi Yuqi is also another outstanding badminton player poised to lift the BWF World Championships title.
He is a Chinese badminton player with a promising career ahead of him.