Jakarta: Ace shuttler, PV Sindhu on Monday scripted history as she became the first Indian to cement her spot in the final of the Women’s Singles Event at the Asian Games.
In a hard fought battle, the 23-year-old defeated her Japanese opponent, Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in the semi-final clash which lasted one hour six minutes, at the ongoing 18th edition of the prestigious tournament.
After conceding an early lead in the first game, Sindhu fought back strongly to collect some quick points to make the scoreline read 13-8 in her favour. With the help of some aggressive shots, the Indian shuttler went 1-0 up in a three-game match.
In the second game, a couple of unforced errors in the initial stages by Sindhu helped Yamaguchi to gain some momentum as she made the Indian shuttler struggle for every point.
The Japanese opponent, later, gave away some easy points to Sindhu but the roller coaster second game again tilted in the favour of Yamaguchi as she took a lead of four points resulting in a 21-15 victory for her.
In the deciding game, the Rio-Olympic bronze medalist made her intentions clear right from the start as she took an early lead of five points.
Both the players showed some aggressive badminton moves on the court but Sindhu got better of her opponent as she easily registered the deciding game 21-10 to her name.
Earlier, Saina Nehwal had bagged bronze medal in the Badminton Women’s Singles event after she slumped to a 17-21, 14-21 straight-games defeat at the hands of Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in her semi-final clash. The shuttler became the first Indian to win a medal at Asian Games in Women Singles event.
India’s total medal tally at the prestigious tournament stands at 37 with seven gold, ten silver, and twenty bronze.