Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu beat No 2 seed Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21 and 21-10 to reach the finals of the women’s badminton singles in Asian Games 2018. The game went beyond the one hour mark.
It was neck and neck when the two players started out, but slowly but surely Sindhu got in the lead with some aggressive and brave play to win the first game 21-17. One aspect of her game which was impressive was her net play. It was evident she has worked hard to improve that aspect of her game. Yamaguchi showed grit and fight to stage a comeback by winning the second game 21-15 but was not good enough in front of Sindhu, who was looking to make it to the finale clash.
In the quarterfinal yesterday, Sindhu beat Jindpol in three sets. Sindhu had cruised through the first game 21-11, but then the Thai player made a strong comeback winning the second game 21-17.
It set up a mouthwatering decider which the Indian won 21-14. Sindhu stretched her opponent to all corners and played an attacking game, which made it difficult for Jindapol to pick up.
Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal, the other Indian settled for bronze after she was ousted by World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinals 14-21, 17-21. Tai got off to a rollicking start before Saina levelled the score at 8-8. Eventually, Nehwal lost the first game 17-21. Nehwal looked to slow the pace in the second game and that seemed to be disturbing the World No 1.
Sindhu will now take on World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying, who beat Saina in the semis. The finale clash is slated for Tuesday.