World Championships: Shi beats Chen to reach final

China’s Shi Yuqi will face sixth-seeded Kento Momota of Japan in the final of the BWF World Championships after both achieved comfortable semi-final victories in Nanjing, China on Saturday.

In his match lasting 44 minutes, third-seeded Shi always looked the more likely to win, as he got past eighth seed countryman Chen Long 21-11 21-17.

This was the second victory for Shi, over rival Chen, who leads their head-to-head meetings 4-2.

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In the other men’s semi-final, Momota was too strong for Malaysia’s Daren Liew, beating him 21-16 21-5 in 37 minutes. Liew can nevertheless be proud of his efforts in Nanjing this week, having done superbly to make it all the way to the semi-finals.

The women’s final will be another blockbuster clash, with reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain taking on India’s World No 3 P.V. Sindhu.

Marin reached the final the hard way, with a testing 31-21, 21-16, 21-12 victory over China’s He Bingjiao. Having dropped the first game, the Spaniard did superbly to gain the upper hand for a hard-fought and deserved win.

Sindhu, meanwhile, advanced to her second consecutive World Championships final with an impressive 21-16, 24-22 victory over Japanese World No 2 Akane Yamaguchi.

Having lost to Nozomi Okuhara in the final last year, she’ll be hoping to one better against Marin on Sunday.