Sai Praneeth clinched a silver medal as he suffered a 13-21, 8-21 loss to World No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan in the men's singles semi-finals on Saturday. Earlier, PV Sindhu made light work of Chen Yu Fei in the women's singles semi-finals, decimating her Chinese opponent to march into her third straight BWF World Championships final. PV Sindhu took just 40 minutes to thrash the number four seed 21-7, 21-14 on Saturday. Sai Praneeth became the first Indian male shuttler in 36 years to grab a podium in the prestigious event in Switzerland. World No. 19 Praneeth, who got the Arjuna Award this year, notched up a 24-22 21-14 win over Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan in a 51-minute battle, joining Prakash Padukone in the medal list at the tournament on Friday.
The Semi-Final Match Highlights between Sai Praneeth vs Kento Momota, BWF World Championships 2019 at Basel, Switzerland.
17:27 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Kento Momota enter final
Kento Momota beats Sai Praneeth 21-13, 21-8 to enter World Championships final.
17:25 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Match point for Momota
Match point for Kento Momota.
17:24 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Praneeth puts fightback
Sai Praneeth puts a fightback, claims back-to-back points to remain in the game. Kento Momota still leads the game by 18-8.
17:22 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Kento Momota breaks service yet again after conceding a point to Sai Praneeth. He now leads the game by 16-6.
17:18 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Praneeth commits another mistake
Sai Praneeth pushes the shuttle out of the back line to concede another point. Kento Momota is now leading the game by 13-4.
17:16 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
At the mid-break, Sai Praneeth is 3-11 down against Kento Momota of Japan. Momota continued from he left the first game. With a complete dominance, he won the first game 21-13.
17:15 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sai Praneeth breaks serve as he claims a point after conceding seven in a row.
17:14 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Momota is clinical
Kento Momota is clinical at the moment. The Japanese shuttler takes a 8-2 lead against struggling Sai Praneeth.
17:11 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Momota maintains a lead
Kento Momota wins a long-rally to claim a two-point lead against Sai Praneeth. He is now 4-2 up against the Indian shuttler in the second game.
17:09 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Challenge unsuccessful for Praneeth
Sai Praneeth loses his challenge early as Kento Momota breaks service after conceding one point.
17:04 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Momota takes the 1st game!
Advantage Momota as the Japanese star takes the first game 21-13!
17:00 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Momota starting to dominate!
Four consecutive points for Momota. He is starting to assert himself. The Japanese is leading 15-10
16:58 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Momota leads at mid-break!
At the mid-break interval in the first game, Sai Praneeth trails by a solitary point. Momota leads 11-10!
16:52 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Brilliant from Momota! He first dives to pick a Praneeth smash and follows it up with a body shot to win the point. The World No.1 leads 7-6
16:50 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Back-to-back points for Momota and it's 5-5 in the first game
16:47 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
First two points of the match go to Sai Praneeth!
16:45 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Here we go!
Sai Praneeth vs Kento Momota men's singles semis gets underway
16:43 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
The two players are out on the court and are warming up. We are minutes away from the start
16:35 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sai Praneeth up next!
The women's doubles semi-finals is over. Next up is Sai Praneeth vs Kento Momota men's singles semis
15:19 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sindhu enter final
PV Sindhu beats Chen Yu Fei 21-7, 21-14 in a 40-minute long semi-final match to enter the World Championships final for a third consecutive time.
15:17 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Two points for Chen Yu Fei
Chen Yu Fei secures successive points for the first time in the match.
15:15 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Challenge unsuccessful for Sindhu
PV Sindhu loses her challenge and service to Chen Yu Fei. The Indian is still 18-10 up in the game.
15:13 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Chen Yu Fei breaks PV SIndhu's service, but she's yet to claim two consecutive points in the game. She trails PV Sindhu 9-15 in the game.
15:10 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sindhu on song
PV Sindhu resumes the second game on a positive note after mid-break. She takes a 12-7 lead against Chen Yu Fei.
15:08 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
PV Sindhu takes a 11-7 lead against Chen Yu Fei in the mid-break of the second game. She won the first game 21-7 in 15 minutes.
15:05 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Challenge unsuccessful for Yu Fei
Chen Yu Fei loses a challenge. PV Sindhu takes a two-point lead against the Chinese shuttler.
15:04 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Much better from Chen Yu Fei
Chen Yu Fei breaks the service and claims a much-crucial point. She is now trailing PV Sindhu 5-6.
15:01 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Terrific from Chen Yu Fei
Chen Yu Fei comes back into the contest as she breaks PV Sindhu's serve. The second game is level at 3-3 now.
14:57 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Positive start for Sindhu
PV Sindhu begins the second game on a high, claims a point after a 24-shot long rally.
14:55 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sindhu wins first game
PV Sindhu clinches the first game 21-7 in a quarter of an hour. Chen Yu Fei was seen clueless throughout the game as the Indian shuttler extended her dominance over the Chinese shuttler.
14:54 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Game point for Sindhu
PV Sindhu takes a game point.
14:53 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Chen Yu Fei breaks the service but still trails PV Sindhu 5-17 in the opening game of the semi-finals.
14:52 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sindhu takes massive lead
PV Sindhu takes a massive 13-point lead against China's Chen Yu Fei. The Indian is now 17-4 up in the first game.
14:47 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
PV Sindhu goes into the mid-break with an 11-3 lead over Chen Yufei in the first game.
14:46 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sindhu makes full use of her height
Tall shuttler PV Sindhu is making full use of her height. She breaks service again after a blow and takes 9-3 lead against Chen Yufei.
14:44 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sindhu continues to dominate
PV Sindhu snaps Chen Yufei's attempt of fightback with three back-to-back points. She is now leading 7-2 in the game.
14:41 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Sindhu takes 2-point lead
PV Sindhu has taken a two-point lead. She is 3-1 up against Chen Yufei in the first game.
14:39 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Chen Yufei serves as the women's singles semi-final match begins.
14:38 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
A third final for Sindhu?
PV Sindhu finished with silver medal in last two editions of the BWF World Championships. She is eyeing a third consecutive final in the event.
14:35 (IST)Aug 24, 2019
Players are out in the middle!
PV Sindhu and Chen Yufei are out in the middle for her much-awaited semi-final match in Switzerland.