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.