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Virat Kohli And Team India Gear Up For 1st ODI vs Windies With A Game Of Keepy-Uppy        Shuttler Srikanth out; Saina in final of Denmark Open        Amritsar tragedy: Women, children among 61 killed as rushing trains crush Dussehra revellers        Rahul Gandhi calls on Sri Lankan PM        Top Afghan Police Chief Killed In Shooting, US General Unhurt        Putin says IS seized 700 hostages in Syria; executing some        Ten-wicket Abbas destroys Australia for Pakistan's series win        Vijayan urges UAE Keralites to back salary challenge        Japan introduces Artificial Intelligence technology to ease business        Reliance Industries posts net profit of Rs 9516cr in Q2        ISL: Super-sub Maimouni Hands ATK First Win        Chris Morris returns for Australia tour        PCB chief urges Australia to return to Pakistan        Sri Lankan President assured of "fullest cooperation" by PM Modi        VP Naidu arrives in Brussels for 12th ASEM Summit        In Turkey, Pompeo discusses Iranian oil consumption, Khashoggi's disappearance        PNB Scam: ED seizes more assets of Modi, Choksi        Andhra CM visits cyclone-hit areas in Srikakulam        #MeToo fallout: MJ Akbar resigns as minister of state for external affairs        SC writ fails in Sabarimala, not a single young woman allowed by protesters        
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Sports News
BWF World Championships: PV Sindhu enters semi-finals, Saina Nehwal exits
 
(HYDERABAD, Aug 03, 2018):On a day when top seeds tumbled, defending champions faltered, a 117-stroke rally enthralled the fans, PV Sindhu ensured a World Championships medal for India.

Saina Nehwal, Sai Praneeth and mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Ranki Reddy lost but Sindhu dethroned Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a clinical fashion 21-17, 21-19 to storm into the semi-finals.

"I am happy with my performance but it is not over yet. Tomorrow it is the semifinal and I have to play another Japanese girl. I have to be very much prepared and rest now. I have to come back strong against Yamaguchi," said Sindhu, adding that she was very patient throughout.

"I knew that it is going be very long and I have to be very patient. When I was down at 8-11 in the second game, I backed myself and came back strong," she added.

This would be Sindhu's fourth medal at the Worlds. The lanky shuttler would be facing second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, who downed Chen Yufei of China in the other quarter-final. Sindhu enjoys a 6-4 win-loss record against Yamaguchi.

Sindhu fought back from big deficits -- 3-7 in the first and 3-9 in the second -- to get past her rival. Only a few weeks back, Sindhu lost to Okuhara in the final of Thailand Open. The 23-year-old, who won silver last year, will be keen to go the distance this time.

Earlier, Saina was clueless as she caved in against Carolina Marin 6-21, 11-21. Even before Saina could get the feel of the conditions, the first game was over. Marin was at her aggressive best, hitting everything hard, yelling in her usual fashion and giving no time for Saina to react.

Saina tried hard in the second game but could secure only 11 points as Marin was in a rampaging mood after the break. The 28-year-old Indian was stunned by the way Marin dominated her.

"I didn't know that it'll be so fast..when you play that speed day by day its fine but yesterday I played a stroke player and today it was very fast. The match which I played yesterday was late in the evening and within few hours I have to play someone who is very fast...I didn't understand the game, it went on so fast there is no time to think. Her shots are also very attacking. I didn't get any chance to attack," Saina said.

Meanwhile, Sai Praneeth proved no match for sixth seed Kento Momota. The Japanese shuttler took 39 minutes to oust the Indian 21-12, 21-12.

Mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy suffered a straight-game loss against top seeded Chinese pair of Yaqiong Huang and Siwei Zheng 17-21, 10-21.

Axelsen, Tai Tzu stunnedTop seed in men's singles and defending champion Viktor Axeslen, women's singles top seed Tai Tzu Ying and women's doubles top seeds Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan crashed out of the tournament on Friday.

Axeslen went down to Olympic champion Chen Long of China 19-21, 11-21 and Chen-Jia were knocked out by fifth seeds Greysia Poli and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia 21-23, 21-23.

However, the most unexpected result was the loss of Tai. The world No.1, who lost only one match this year, suffered a shocking defeat against local girl He Bingjiao 18-21, 21-7, 13-21.

Indian results (QFs)Men's Singles: 6-Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Sai Praneeth 21-12, 21-12Women's Singles: 3-PV Sindhu bt 8-Nozomi Okuhara (JPN) 21-17, 21-19; 7-Carolina Marin (ESP) bt 10-Saina Nehwal 21-6, 21-11Mixed Doubles: 1-Yaqiong Huang/Siwei Zheng (CHN) bt Ashwini Ponnappa/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy 21-17, 21-10


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KERALA NEWS
Vijayan urges UAE Keralites to back salary challenge
 (Abu Dhabi, Oct 18, 2018): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has urged Keralite business  
Sabarimala row: Protests against SC verdict continue
Balabhaskar's wife Lakshmi shifted to ICU
Idukki dam's one shutter opened
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Top Afghan Police Chief Killed In Shooting, US General Unhurt
 (Kandahar, oct 19, 2018):Gen. Abdul Razeq, one of Afghanistan's most powerful security offici
Putin says IS seized 700 hostages in Syria; executing some
Sri Lankan President assured of "fullest cooperation" by PM Modi
VP Naidu arrives in Brussels for 12th ASEM Summit
NATIONAL NEWS
Amritsar tragedy: Women, children among 61 killed as rushing trains crush Dussehra revellers
 (CHANDIGARH, oct 19, 2018):At least 61 people, including women and children, were mowed down
Rahul Gandhi calls on Sri Lankan PM
PNB Scam: ED seizes more assets of Modi, Choksi
Andhra CM visits cyclone-hit areas in Srikakulam
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