Jakarta: Indian shuttler PV Sindhu entered to finals after defeating World no 2 in the semi-final match while Saina Nehwal settled for bronze after her 10th straight defeat to World no 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles semi-finals of the 18th Asian games in Jakarta on Monday.
Sindhu by defeating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final became the first ever Indian to reach the women’s singles final at the Asian Games.
The 23-year old clinched the match 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in 66 minutes against the World No. 2.
While Saina loses to Workd no 1 Tai Tzu Ying after she changed her strategy to level the game at 8-8. But, the Chinee Taipei shuttler took four straight points to take good lead and win the game.
Saina trailed from the start in the second game itself but defended well to level the game after the mid-game interval at 12-12. However, Tzu Ying, grabbed the lead back as she took full opportunity of an unforced error from Saina.
Earlier, Saina had lost her nine matches against the World no 1 Tai Tzu Ying, including three in the 2018 season.
India after 36 years made a medal in the single events at the continental tournament. Earlier, shuttler Syed Modi won a medal in the men’s single event in 1982 Asian Games.