Gold Coast, April 14: It will be an all-Indian women's final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games with PV Sindhu set to take on Saina Nehwal, while newly-crowned world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the men's final.
Sindhu trounced Canada's defending champion Michelle Li 21-18, 21-8 while Saina, who had clinched the gold in 2010 Delhi Games but missed the 2014 Glasgow Games due to injuries, staved off a challenge from Scotland's Kristy Gilmour 21-14, 18-21, 21-17 in 68 minutes.
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Sindhu started with a slender 11-10 lead midway into her first game against the Canadian, before extending to 14-11 and then to 19-15. The Indian, however, allowed the Canadian to sneak in a few points towards the end but managed to wrest back the lead and clinch the tie in 22 minutes.
The second game witnessed a complete domination from the Rio Olympics silver medallist, breezing away with an 11-4 lead at the break before stretching her lead to 18-8 and eventually closing the contest in mere 14 minutes.
Earlier, London Olympics bronze medallist Saina defeated Kristy in a pulsating semifinal contest that lasted an hour and five minutes. Saina opened up a 5-0 lead early in the first game before Kristy managed to open her account to trail 8-11 midway. Coming back, there was no stopping the Indian who raced to a 17-13 lead before closing the game in 21 minutes.
The second game also started on similar lines with Saina opening up with a 4-0 lead before stretching it further to 11-3 at the breather. Saina continued her domination in the second half but Kirsty came back strongly to square things at 15-15.
From there on, Kirsty never looked back and managed to lead for the first time at 18-17 before closing the game in 23 minutes.
In the decider, Saina gathered herself to surge ahead with a 7-2 lead before Kirsty reduced the deficit to trail 7-11 midway. Coming back, Saina never allowed the Scottish girl to settle down and closed the affair in 24 minutes.
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In the men's semi final, Srikanth, playing on court 1, saw off 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-10, 21-17 in just over half an hour contest.
He will face Lee Chong Wei in the final after the Malaysian dashed hopes of an another all-Indian final by beating HS Prannoy 21-16, 9-21, 21-14 in the other last-four encounter.
Earlier, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 21-17, 15-21, 4-21 to Malaysian pair of Mei Kuan Chow and Vivian Hoo in women's doubles semifinal.
(With Agency inputs)