PV Sindhu scripted history today after becoming the first Indian to reach the finals of the prestigious Asian Games by defeating World no.2, Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in women’s singles event on Monday.
She recorded a hard-fought victory over Yamaguchi in the three thrilling sets by 21-17, 15-21, 21-10, ensuring India atleast a silver medal from these games. She is the only Indian to reach the finals of Olympics, World Championships and now Asian Games too.
Olympic silver medalist, got off to flying start by winning the first set by 21-17 and had a comfortable lead too in second set by 10-6, but Yamaguchi came back strongly to win straight 6 points to take the lead by 12-10 in her favor. Japanese became flawless in the second set after the break and eventually won it by 15-21 to stretch the match to third and final set.
Sindhu began well in the final set, racing to a 11-7 lead during the short break and kept herself composed to seal a spot int the finals by 21-17, 15-21, 21-10.
She will take on World no.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the gold medal match.
However, a few moments before, Saina Nehwal had to content with a bronze medal after suffering a straight games defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 14-21.
The bronze medal ends 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.
India has won eight badminton medals at the Asian Games and six of them are in team events and one in men’s doubles.
The loss continues Nehwal’s dismal run against the World No 1 who has beaten Saina 10 straight times now.
India continue to be on the 9th spot in medals tally with 37 medals (7 Gold, 10 Silver, 20 Bronze).