Nehwal, Srikanth cap historic day for India

Local shuttlers Saina Nahwal and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the finals of the Indian Open Super Series in Delhi on Saturday after recording routine wins in their respective semi-finals.

Before her semi-final, Saina was confirmed as the new world number one – the first Indian woman to achieve that feat – after rival and fellow contender for top spot Spaniard Carolin Marin lost her semi-final match at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.

Marin lost an eagerly contested match against Thailand's Ratchanok Inaton 21-19, 21-23, 22-20.

Then, in her semi against Yui Hashimoto, Saina made short work of the Japanese player, winning 21-15, 21-11.

In the men's event, second seed and world number four Srikanth beat his Chinese opponent Xue Song 21-16, 21-13 to book a place in the final against the sixth seed from Denmark, Viktor Axelsen.

Axelson sealed his spot in the title match after his semi-final opponent Tommy Sugiarto from Indonesia retired hurt in the second game trailing 17-11, having won the first game 24-22.