18th Asian Games : Saina Nehwal Goes Down Fighting , Bags Silver Medal

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The hopes of an all India women’s final in badminton at the 18th Asian between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal has been dashed to the ground . As Saina Nehwal had to settle for a Bronze following her 10th straight defeat against world number one Tai Tzu Ying.

Saina’s medal thus  adds to India’s overall tally . Now at the filing of this report is 37.  7 Gold , 10 Silver and 20 Bronze

World number 10 and Olympic medallist Saina played with good intensity but lost 17-21 14-21 to a superior Tzu Ying, who stood out with her court coverage and retrieving in the 32-minute contest. Coming into this match, Saina had lost last nine matches against Tzu Ying, including three in the 2018 season.

On the other hand , compatriot PV Sindhu remained in the hunt for a historic Asian Games gold medal after a tense win.World number three Sindhu beat Akane Yamaguchi 21-17 15-21 21-10 for her second win over the Japanese at the Asian Games, having beaten her in the team championship as well.

The energy-sapping 65-minute match featured a 50-shot rally in the decider, which Sindhu won . Sindhu will now fight it out with Tzu Ying to win India’s first ever individual gold in badminton.

If PV Sindhu wins, it will be history of sorts Syed Modi’s bronze in men’s singles at the 1982 Games in New Delhi was the only individual medal for India at the Asian Games.

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