India have secured a historic medal at the World Badminton Championships after 18-year-old Hyderabadi PV Sindhu beat former World No.1 Shixian Wang 21-18 21-17 in the quarters. Other international stars get their act together to make a move into the last-4 stage. Catch all the highs and lows from from Friday's action, as they happened at the World Badminton Championships at Guangzhou.
Nine-time national champion and former Olympian Aparna Popat hopes Sindhu recovers in time for the semis after a physically draining quarters win. (See full video)
21:00 (IST): The last match of Friday ends! Men's doubles quarters: Third seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark beat 10th seeds Indonesians Angga Pratama and Ryan Agung Saputra 21-13 11-21 21-17.
20:00 (IST) Women's doubles quarters: Fourth seeds Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark beat seventh seeds Yixin Bao and Qianxin Zhong 21-17 13-21 21-18.
19:50 (IST): Mixed doubles quarters: Third seeds Tontowi Ahmed and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia beat Kenichi Hayakawa and Misaki Matsutomo of Japan 21-10 17-21 21-19 in closely fought game that went on for 52 minutes.
19:20 (IST): Mixed doubles quarters: Second seeds Nan Zhang and Yunlei Zhao of China beat 11th seeds Yeon Seong Yoo and Ye Na Jang of Korea 21-12 22-20.
18:50 (IST): PV Sindhu will face World No.3 and 4th seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in World Badminton Championships semis. Intanon beat Carolina Marin of Spain 21-18 20-22 21-15 in quarters.
PV Sindhu's parents told her to play her game and not worry about winning and losing. (See video here)
TRIVIA: The shortest match today at World Badminton Championships QFs saw mixed doubles top seeds Chen Xu/Jin Ma of China beat Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Zieba of Poland 21-4 21-4 in just 24 minutes!
The fight for 'who will face PV Sindhu in semis' gets hotter as Marin Carolina of Spain takes the second game against Thai Ratchanok Intanon 22-20. Intanon had taken the first game 21-18.
18:00 (IST) Time to catch up on the other international results from Friday.
Men's singles quarters: Malaysian World No.1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei cruises past 8th seed Tommy Sigiarto of Indonesia 21-6 21-9.
Men's singles quarters: Nguyen Tien Minh beats Dane Jan O Jurgensen 21-8 17-21 22-20.
17:50 (IST) Now who will play PV Sindhu in the all-important semis? The fight is on right now between Marin Carolina of Spain and Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. The Thai World No.3 has won the first game againstÂ Carolina 21-18.
TRIVIA: The only other women to have secured a medal at World Championships were Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa, who won the bronze at 2011 Championships at Wembley.
FACTOID: The last Indian to make the semis of World Badminton Championships was Prakash Padukone in 1983.
17:20 (IST) Yes she can! Sindhu wins 21-18, 21-17 and makes the semis. PV Sindhu creates history by becoming first-ever Indian woman to book a singles medal at the World Badminton Championships.
17:17 (IST) It's 19-16 to Sindhu now, two points away from making history! Can she do it?
17:14 (IST) Sindhu nicely holding the nerve to stay on a two-point lead. It is 17-15 in her favour in the second game. Sindhu won first game 21-18.
17:11 (IST) Wang still hanging in there but Sindhu leads 15-13. Remember Saina was leading 17-11 in her first game and went onto to lose 23-21 21-9.
17:07 (IST) Sindhu still leads 12-10. The best points rally so far belongs to Sindhu in this game, who scored 5 straight points. Wang on the other hand has a 4-point rally to her name in this game.
17:02 (IST) Both players take two straight points each and it is 11-8 in Sindhu's favour.
16:59 (IST) Sindhu breaks Wang spell of four straight points by another three-point flurry. Sindhu leads 9-6. The Indian took the first game 21-18.
16:56 (IST) Sindhu scores 5 consecutive points to make it 6-4 in her favour in the second game. Sindhu won first game 21-18.
1st Game Stats: 4 smash winners for Sindhu as compared to Wang's 2. 6 net winners for Wang and 3 for Sindhu.
16:52 (IST) Shixian Wang gets the first point in the second game. Sindhu quickly makes it level.
16:49 (IST) That's it! Sindhu wins first game 21-18 against Shixian Wang after a hard-fought 23-minute battle.
16:47 (IST): Sindhu comes back after Wang scores three straight points, a slender 19-18 lead for the Indian.
16:42 (IST) This time it's Sindhu's turn to score three consecutive points. 16-13 the lead for her.
16:39 (IST) Wang scores three straight points. 13-11 to Sindhu.
16:36 (IST) Sindhu takes a 12-8 lead over Wang. So far Sindhu has 6 clear winners as compared to Wang's 3.
FACTOID: Shixian Wang, a former World No.1 is currently ranked 8th. The 23-year-old weighs 58 kgs and is 1.68m tall.
16:32 (IST) Sindhu rallies to 10-5 lead.
16:29 (IST) Sindhu up 7-4 over Wang in the first game.
16:25 (IST): 2 Minutes into the game and Sindhu takes 3-2 lead over former World No.1 Wang.
16:22 (IST): All eyes on PV Sindhu now, who enters the arena.
16:20 (IST) So the KoreansÂ Baek Choel Shin and Hye Won Eom have there say and win the mixed doubles quarters Debby Susanto and Muhammad Rijal of Indonesia 21-9 21-15.
15:53 (IST): The mixed doubles quarters is going one way so far with Koreans Baek Choel Shin and Hye Won Eom taking the first game 21-9 against Indonesians Debby Susanto and Muhammad Rijal.
15:50 (IST): Vietnamese Nguyen rockets to take the first game 21-8 against Dane Jan O Jorgensen in the men's singles quarters.
15:35 (IST): PV Sindhu will play once the mixed doubles quarter-finals between Baek Choel Shin and Hye Won Eom of Korea and sixth seeds Debby Susanto and Muhammad Rijal of Indonesia is over.
15:20 (IST) The second session of play will start in about 10 minutes. Seventh seed Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam takes on ninth seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in men's singles quarters.
15:15 (IST) Parupalli Kashyap's mother is happy her son gave hundred per cent in the quarters. (See video)
As players take a break, it's time to catch up on some of the other international results from the day:
Women's doubles quarters: Eighth seeds Eom Hye-Won and Jang Ye-Na of Korea beat ninth seed Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth and Rizki Amelia Pradipta of Indonesia 22-20 21-15.
Women's doubles quarters: Top seeds Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang of China beat Jung Kyung Eun and Kim Ha Na of Korea 21-11 21-19 in 39 minutes.
Men's doubles quarters: Fifth seeded pair of Kim Ki Jung and Kim Sa Rang of China beat Malaysian second seeded duo of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong 21-15 21-16 in 42 minutes.
14:06 (IST) India's lone medal hope is now PV Sindhu, who plays seventh seed Shixian Wang of China, who is current World No.8. (Read more)
14:01 (IST): Heartbreak for P Kashyap as he too goes down but not without a fight. World No.3 Du Pengyu of China beats the 10th seeded Indian 16-21 22-20 21-15 in the quarters. Kashyap lost despite having a match point in the second game. Kashyap's marathon match with Du Pengyu lasted an hour and 15 minutes.
13:56 (IST) Kashyap, on the other hand, has frittered away his 3-point lead in the deciding game and is trailing 13-17.
13:53 (IST) Saina Nehwal crashes out after her 16th-ranked Korean opponent Bae Yeon Ju wins 23-21 21-9. Loads of unforced errors by Saina in the latter half of the contest cost her big time. Saina lost in just 40 minutes.
13:50 (IST) Kashyap leading the deciding game 11-8. Bae, meanwhile, has gathered a 6-point lead over Saina.
13:48 (IST) FACTOID: Saina Nehwal has never gone past the quarters at the World Badminton Championships. Her opponent today has lifted her game in the second game, scoring 6 winners at the net, as compared to Saina's 1.
13:44 (IST) Saina trails 5-6 in second game against the World No. 16 and 13th seed Bae. Kashyap has calmly build a 7-4 lead in the deciding game against third-ranked Chinese Du Pengyu.
13:40 (IST) A close start in the next game for both Indians. Saina is 4-2 ahead in her second game. Kashyap level at 2-2 in third and final game.
13:36 (IST) So not the best of games for the two Indians. Saina loses first game 21-23 to Bae as Kashyap fights back but not enough to win, Du Pengyu takes the match into third game after one game apiece.
13:34 (IST) Saina trails 21-22 to Bae, Kashyap level at 20-20 in second game.
13:29 (IST): Kashyap will not give up easily, scores four straight points and ties the second game at 16-16. Saina, though, has lost some momentum in her first game and is leading 18-17.
13:25 (IST): Excellent work by Saina, who has hit 10 smash winners against Bae in the first game already, which she is leading 17-11. Kashyap, meanwhile, is keeping himself in the hunt but has a four-point deficit at 12-16 against Du Pengyu.
13:21 (IST) Kashyap narrows his deficit by scoring three straight points over Du Pengyu, who lead 11-7 in second game. Saina ahead 11-7 over Bae in first game.
13:18 (IST) Saina ahead by 9-4 in the first game. Kashyap trailing 4-11 in second.
13:15 (IST) Saina going well at 5-2 in the first game against Bae. Du Pengyu, however, has rocketed to 7-1 lead over Kashyap, things going not Kashyap's way this game.
13:12 (IST) Saina starts the scoring tally in the first game. Kashyap, however, has lagged behind Du Pengyu, who has rallied to 5-0 lead in the second game.
13:09 (IST) Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal has entered the arena for her quarterfinal against Bae Yeon Ju. Saina's latest ranking is World No.4.
13:08 (IST): Kashyap seals first game 21-16.
Great going for the Indian. If he wins the next game, India will get their first-ever singles medal in World Badminton Championship history.
13:05 (IST): Kashyap scores three straight points after which Du Pengyu pulls one back. 18-15 to Kashyap so far.
13:02 (IST): First game is going neck and neck, Kashyap holding onto slender lead at 15-14.
12:58 (IST) Kashyap hits back to score four straight points and leads 12-11 in the first game. Lot of courage showed by the Hyderabadi.
12:55 (IST): Du Pengyu comes back to lead 11-9 after a double rally of 4 consecutive points over Kashyap.
12:50 (IST): 4 minutes into the contest and Kashyap leads 6-4 in the first game of this quarterfinal.
12:46 (IST) Kashyap scores the first point over Du Pengyu, match is underway at the Tianhe Indoor Stadium.
12:42 (IST) So then, the first Indian in the fray is Parupalli Kashyap, who starts off India's historic chase of medals at the World Badminton Championships. Kashyap takes on Du Pengyu of China. Du Pengyu is current World No.3 and third seeded in the competition.
12:30 (IST) Women's singles quarters: World No.1 and top seed Li Xuerui scores a 27-25 21-13 win over sixth seed and World No.7 Tai Tzu-Ying of Taipei to enter last-4 and book a medal.
12:21 (IST) Men's singles quarters: Former World No. Lin Dan beats second seed and current World No.2 Long Chen 21-13 22-20 to march into the semis. Chinese ace Lin Dan assures himself of a medal.
12:15 (IST): Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap are in singles quarterfinal action on Friday as India eye a historic medal tally at the world badminton championships in China. For the first time in the history of the world championships, India have three representatives in the last eight stage. Victory in the quarterfinals on Friday will assure a bronze medal for the respective player.