The 2016 Rio Olympics silver-medalist PV Sindhu stunned Saina Nehwal by 21-16, 22-20 to enter the semi-finals of the India Open 2017 Superseries badminton event in New Delhi on Friday.
The two leading shuttlers from India last faced each other back in the 2014 edition of the India Open, where Saina outclassed Sindhu in straight sets.
With the victory on Friday, Sindhu has avenged her past defeat.
The 21-year-old Indian will now face Seoul’s Sung Ji Hyun, who is seeded second in the tournament, in the semi-final.
Top-seeded Carolina Marin will lock horns against Japanese shuttler Akane Yamaguchi in the second semi-final.
Sindhu begun the sparkling quarter-final aggressively and clinched the first game by 21-16. Saina appeared struggling to make a proper contact with the shuttle.
Although the London Olympics bronze-medalist started the second game positively and had the game point in the end, Sindhu made a dramatic comeback to level the game at 20-20.
Following that, Saina lost her momentum and made a mistake, smashing the shuttle out of the court to help Sindhu seal the match.