New Delhi: Silver medallist from the last BWF World Championships in Jakarta, Saina Nehwal remained on course for her maiden world title by booking a place in the semifinals of the 2017 edition of the tournament in Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. Also Read - Badminton | PV Sindhu Needs to Give More Attention to Recovery Between Matches to Win Medal at Tokyo Olympics: Vimal Kumar

Playing the last quarterfinal of the women’s singles competition, Saina defeated home player Kirsty Gilmour 21-19, 18-21, 21-15. She will play seventh-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in the semis on Saturday. Also Read - Badminton: Saina Nehwal Enters Semifinals of Orleans Masters 2021; Ashwini Ponnappa-N. Sikki Reddy Also Reach Last Four

On Thursday, by reaching the quarterfinals, former world No. 1 and current No. 12 Saina became the first woman to reach seven consecutive quarterfinals of world championships. Also Read - Orleans Masters: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal And Ira Sharma Enter Quarter Finals

Earlier on day five of the competition on Friday, PV Sindhu thrashed China’s Sun Yu 21-14, 21-9 in quarterfinals. She will meet Yufei Chen in the other semifinal.

That means India’s two leading badminton players remain on course for a historic all-India final.

India’s lone quarterfinalist in the men’s draw, Kidambi Srikanth, lost to world No. 1 Son Wan Ho 14-21, 18-21.