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In the quarter-finals, Sindhu stunned former World No. 1 Shixian Wang of China in straight games 21-18, 21-17 in 55 minutes at the Tianhe Indoor Stadium. Wang, now World No. 12 and seeded seventh in the tournament, bowed out of the competition.
Sindhu is only the second Indian singles player to win a medal after Prakash Padukone. She has ended a 30-year wait for India. Padukone had won the men's singles bronze in 1983 at Copenhagen (Denmark).
Overall, Sindhu is the third Indian woman to claim a medal at World Championships. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had won the doubles bronze in London in 2011.
Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap had crashed out in the quarter-finals.