'Ratchanok Intanon' - 10 News Result(s)
Ratchanok, 18, becomes the first ever Thai player to win gold at the world championships after defeating 22-year-old Li, who was gunning for her first world title.
The four-time national champion said that Sindhu was up against a smarter player, who dominated the match right from the start and clearly looked better in all aspects of the game.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu lost her semifinal at the competition on Saturday against Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, to settle for a bronze.
Playing in her maiden World Badminton Championships, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu notched up stunning victories against two Chinese players in the run-up to the semifinals but she failed to read Ratchanok's deceptive game.
Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon blows away Indian rival 21-10, 21-13 in just 35 minutes to set up final with top seed Chinese Li Xuerui. This is Ratchanok's maiden entry in the final of a world championship
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu had to be content with a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championships after losing her semis to Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. The only other Indians to have made the semis of the tournament have been Prakash Padukone (1983) and doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa (2011).
India's chief coach Pullela Gopichand is quietly confident ahead of Sindhu's semi-final while former Olympian Aparna Popat believes that the 18-year-old can win the gold medal.
It was an upset victory as world number six Intanon got the better of world number four Juliane Schenk of Germany 22-20 21-14 in 45 minutes.
Sindhu on Friday defeated Yui Hashimoto of Japan 21-16 21-16 to enter the last-four stage of the women's singles event.
World No.3 shuttler Saina Nehwal of India won a thrilling and tight encounter against former World No.1 Shixian Wang here at the National Indoor Arena on Friday to reach the women's singles semifinals at the All England Open Badminton Championships.