PV Sindhu takes on Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the women's singles semi-final in Nanjing, China on Saturday for a place in a second straight World Championships final.

When does the match start and how to watch it live

The women's singles final match between Sindhu and Yamaguchi will not start before 8 pm local time, 5:30 pm IST and 12 pm BST.

Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India.

The live stream will be available on Hotstar. Live scores can be found on BWF's official website.

What to expect from the semi-final tie

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File photo of PV Sindhu.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Sindhu is already assured of at least a bronze medal, which will be her fourth World Championships medal in five attempts. The 23-year-old shuttler will now be hoping to make the final of the world meet for the second successive year.

The world number three came up with a determined and well-executed show against lower-ranked Nozomi Okuhara in Friday's quarter-final, which was also a repeat of last year's gold medal match that had gone on to 110 minutes.

Sindhu didn't allow Okuhara to play those long draining rallies as often as last year and did herself well by not letting the match go in the decider. In 58 minutes, the Indian shuttler won the tie 21-17, 21-19.

Okuhara did trouble Sindhu with her deceptive reverse-slice drop shots. She started off with comfortable leads in both the games but last year's silver medalist kept pushing her Japanese opponent to the backcourt and followed it up with some wonderful winners.

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Sindhu overcame Okuhara in straight games.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

The win should have given Sindhu a lot of confidence, given she had lost to Okuhara only last month at the Thailand Open final.

She takes on Yamaguchi, who is quite similar to Okuhara when it comes to dodgy defence and court coverage. The Indian shuttler heads into the last-four tie with a 7-4 head-to-head record but lost their most recent meeting at the All England Championships.

Yamaguchi needed three games and 67 minutes to beat local favourite Chen Yufei in her quarter-final outing yesterday.

Sindhu needs to maintain the intensity she had showcased yesterday in today's crunch tie. Another shot at the elusive gold is just one win away. Isn't that enough motivation?

BWF World Championships 2018: Global TV listings & live stream

  1. Malaysia: TV - Astro Supersport 4; Live stream - Astro Go
  2. Singapore: TV - Hub Sports 1; Live stream - StarHub Go
  3. Thailand: TV - True Sport HD 3 & True Sport 7; Live stream - TrueVisions Anywhere
  4. China: CCTV5 +
  5. Chinese Taipei: SportsCast Tennis Channel
  6. Indonesia: Indovision