In the third quarter-final at GBK Istora stadium, Sindhu raced to first game victory 21-11. She needed just 17 minutes to go 1-0 up. However, the Indian conceded the lead and also the game in the second, going down 16-21 in 22 minutes
Jakarta: In the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia, world number three PV Sindhu joined Saina Nehwal in the semi-finals of the women’s badminton singles on Sunday.
On the eighth day of the Games, it was Saina, who first reached the semi-finals with a straight-game victory over Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-18, 21-16. Sindhu too followed her, with a hard-fought win over another Thai player Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11, 16-21, 21-14.
Both Saina and Sindhu are assured of medals. This is for the first time that Indian women shuttlers are winning medals at the Asiad. It was a hisotric day for Indian badminton.
Before today, in the history of Asian Games, India had won only one individual medal in the sport - back in 1982, when Syed Modi bagged a bronze in men's singles.
With both Indian stars in the last-four phase, the fans back home are hoping for a final between the two Hyderabad players.
In the third quarter-final at GBK Istora stadium, Sindhu raced to first game victory 21-11. She needed just 17 minutes to go 1-0 up. However, the Indian conceded the lead and also the game in the second, going down 16-21 in 22 minutes.
The match was well set up. The decider saw both players battling it hard. And Sindhu triumphed 21-14 in 22 minutes. She had a biggest lead of seven points in the third and final game.
In the semi-finals, Sindhu will face either Yufei Chen of China or Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi. Saina meets world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
#TeamIndia at the #AsianGames2018— Team India (@ioaindia) August 26, 2018
Second of the first ever Women's Singles medal in #Badminton is on its way home. #PVSindhu enters the Semifinals of Women's Singles event at the #AsianGames after having defeated #NitchaonJindapol of Thailand. #AllTheBest#IAmTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/RciidZ0pCc
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2018, 9:50 AM IST