Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu today stormed into the final of the women’s singles event at the 18th Asian Games after beating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in Jakarta. She beat Yamaguchi for a third straight time in a gritty contest where Sindhu won 21-17, 15-21, 21-10. With the win, Sindhu has become the first Indian to reach the final of Asian Games in either singles or doubles.
Sindhu had earlier beaten Yamaguchi at the World Championships in China and most recently in the team event at the Asian Games. Sindhu remained in the hunt for a historic Asian Games gold medal after a tense win. Sindhu will now fight it out with Tzu Ying to win India’s first ever individual gold in badminton, tomorrow.
Earlier, Saina Nehwal had to be content with a bronze medal after suffering a straight games defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 14-21. The medal ended India’s 36-year drought for a medal in the singles event at the continental tournament. Last time an Indian won a singles medal at the Asian Games was Syed Modi in men’s singles at the 1982 Games. The loss continues Nehwal’s dismal run against the World No 1 who has beaten Saina 10 straight times now.