Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu to battle for badminton gold vs world No.1 Tai Tzu

first_imgPV Sindhu reached her maiden Asian Games final as she beat world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in 66 minutes in the women’s singles semi-final in Jakarta on Monday.With the win, Sindhu became India’s first-ever silver-medallist at the multi-sport event. Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze after a 17-21, 18-21 loss to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in her women’s singles semi-final.In the 1982 Asian Games, Syed Modi had bagged a bronze medal in the men’s singles event.Unlike Saina, Sindhu looked in complete control of the game today and her net strokes and smashing were absolutely on point. Contrarily, Akane Yamaguchi’s movement was not at her best. She even had strapping on her arms.Milestone [email protected] becomes the first woman to secure a at the Asiad. A confident and boisterous display to seal the SF tie 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 against ‘ s Yamaguchi in a thriller of a fixture. #GoForGold #IndiaontheRise #AsianGames2018 Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2018Before this match, Sindhu has also defeated Yamaguchi during the Team event at Asian Games 2018 when India took on Japan. Sindhu had also reached the final of Badminton World Championships 2018 with a semi-final win over Yamaguchi.Also read – Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-finalSindhu started off the match extremely confidently taking the attack at Yamaguchi due to which the diminutive Japanese struggled to get her rhythm going.Throughout the first game, Sindhu made the best of her height and played some exquisite net strokes and smashed at every opportunity presented to peg Yamaguchi back.advertisementDespite a late fightback from Yamaguchi, Sindhu kept her calm and stuck to her game plan to take the first game 21-17 in 22 minutes.The second game began pretty much the same and even though the two stayed equal at 5-5, Yamaguchi’s shoulder kept drooping with every error she made. Yamaguchi was very uncharacteristic in her errors today, throwing the shuttles out and not being able to reach for strokes completely.However, the Japanese did not give up and kept at it to snatch Sindhu’s 10-6 lead to make it 10-10. With five points on the trot, Yamaguchi went into the break with a slender 11-10 lead.Yamaguchi produced inspiring badminton after the break, going for every single shuttle that was thrown at her by Sindhu to take the game 21-15.In the decider, Sindhu switched her body language back to her attacking self and that yielded results. Sindhu got back to smashing and placing, stretching Yamaguchi all over the court.Sindhu went into the break with an 11-7 lead and never let up even after that.Sindhu completely attacked Yamaguchi making her fall all over the court and romped off to the massive victory.last_img

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