Lucknow: Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap reached the finals in their respective categories, while women's World No 9 PV Sindhu faltered in the semi-final of the USD 120,000 Syed Modi International India Masters at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium on Saturday.
Saina Nehwal. Pic/PTI
Top seed and World No 3 Saina took 40 minutes to register a comprehensive 21-10, 21-16 victory over Thai fourth seed Nichaon Jindapon, while World No 5 Srikanth dug deep to beat compatriot HS Prannoy 12-21, 21-12, 21-14 in an hour and two minutes.
Sindhu bows out
However, two-time World Championships bronze medallist Sindhu was tamed 13-21, 13-21 in 39 minutes by reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain.
Saina will face World No7 Marin, who hardly worked up a sweat against the 19-year-old Sindhu. Marin, who now leads 3-1 in career meetings against Sindhu, trails 0-2 against Saina.
Kashyap moved past Danish second seed Viktor Axelsen 18-21, 22-20, 21-7 in an hour and five minutes.