PV Sindhu to fight for gold, Saina fetches bronze in Asian Games


Jakarta, August 27: PV Sindhu created history by becoming the first Indian shuttler to reach the women’s singles final at the Asian Games when she defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in Jakarta on Monday.
The 23-year old clinched the match 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in 66 minutes against the World No. 2.
Earlier, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman shuttler to claim singles medal at the Asian Games when she went down fighting against World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 14-21 in the other semifinal.
It was also the first singles medals in badminton after the 1982 Games when Syed Modi won the bronze. Before Asian Games 2018, India had won eight badminton medals and six of them are in team events and one in men’s doubles and one in men’s singles.
Sindhu will now fight it out with Tzu Ying to win India’s first ever individual gold in badminton.
The Indian will have to punch above her weight as she has not managed to beat the Chinese Taipei shuttler in the last contests.
Syed Modi’s bronze in men’s singles at the 1982 Games in New Delhi was the only individual medal for India at the Asian Games.
Sindhu was sluggish at the start, making unforced errors but recovered quickly to be in control. (HT)