Asian Games: PV Sindhu enters semis

Jakarta: Assuring a medal for India, ace shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday cemented her spot in the semi-final of the Badminton Women’s Singles event as she edged past Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol
in the quarterfinal match at the ongoing 18th edition of the Asian games.

The 23-year-old had to toil hard to claim a 21-11, 16-21, 21-14 victory over Jindapol in a thrilling quarters clash that lasted for one hour one minute.

After clinching the first game without breaking much sweat, the Indian shuttler faced a tough competition as the world number twelve handed over a dominating 16-21 defeat to Sindhu in the second game.

Making a strong comeback, Sindhu displayed some dominating skills on the court and registered the decisive game 21-14 to her name.

Earlier, former world number one Saina Nehwal had also booked her place in the semi-final of the Women’s Individual event after registering a thumping 21-18, 21-16 victory over Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.

In Boxing, India’s Manoj Kumar lost 0-5 to Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov of Kyrgyzstan in the pre-quarters bout of Men’s Welter 69 kg category event.

In shooting, India’s Sheeraz Sheikh, Angad Vir Singh and Bajwa failed to qualify for Men’s Skeet final after finishing 13th and 14th respectively in the qualification round.

India’s total medal tally at the prestigious tournament stands at 31 with seven gold, seven silver and 17 bronze medals.