Indian shuttlers, both Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu today entered women’s singles semifinals at the 2018 Asian Games after defeating their rivals. Saina Nehwal defeated Ratchanok Intanon, while PV Sindhu beat Nitchaon Jindapol. After a disappointing show put up by the Indian men in the singles badminton event of the 2018 Asian Games, all eyes will be on PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the women’s singles quarterfinals.
After surviving a scare in the round of 32 clash against Vietnam’s Thi Trang Vu, Olympic and World Championship silver medallist Sindhu thrashed Indonesia’s world number 22 Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12, 21-15 in the pre-quarters, yesterday. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina dispatched another local girl Fitriani Fitriani, ranked 40th, 21-6, 21-14.
Saina will face Thailand’s fourth seed Ratchanok Intanon, while Sindhu will take on Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol to book their respective slots in the semifinals.
Going into the quarters, both Sindhu and Saina have been in sublime touch and will be looking to add to their medal tally in Indonesia. However, India’s biggest medal hope in badminton is undoubtedly PV Sindhu, who at the age of 23 is already one of the top players in the women’s singles circuit.
Meanwhile, Fouaad Mirza wins a silver medal in the Eventing Individual event. Indian team wins the silver medal in the Eventing Team event.