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Nehwal leads India charge into Badminton semi-finals

India, boosted by home support, has made it into the semi-final stages of the Men's Singles, Women's Singles and Doubles in the Badminton competition at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Monday.

Leading the assault is Saina Nehwal (IND), the top seed in the Women's Singles, who eased into the last four with an easy 21-7,21-10 win over Canada's Anna Rice.

Nehwal will now play Elizabeth Cann (ENG).

Not to be outdone, the 23-year old Kashyap Parupalli (IND), the sixth seed in the Men's Singles, outfought Malaysia's Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, seeded four, in three games to march into the semi-finals.

Parupalli will be joined by teammate Chetan Anand (IND) who took care of England's Carl Baxter in their quarterfinal.

Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei, who is defending the Gold he won at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, made it  to the last four with an easy 21-13, 21-11 win over Singapore's Ashton Chen.

The number one seed will take on Parupalli in the semi-final.

Anand, seeded number three in the tournament will play second-seeded Rajiv Ouseph (ENG) in the other semi-final.

India's hope in the Women's Doubles, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa (IND) also had the crowd cheering when they made it to the semi-finals with  a 21-9, 21-14 win over England's Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver pairing in their quarterfinal clash.

Singapore's number one seed in the Women's Doubles Sari Shinta and Yao Lei survived a scare before they overcome the unseeded Australian pair of Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran Vithi in their quarterfinal match which took a little over an hour to complete.