2018 Asian Games: Saina Nehwal opens India’s medal account on day 9, clinches bronze

Jakarta: Saina Nehwal takes home the bronze after losing her women’s singles semifinal match 17-21, 14-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying.

In the semifinals, Saina faced world no 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, while PV Sindhu will take on world no 2 Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.

Saina is the first Indian badminton player to win gold at the world junior championships in singles at the 2008 edition of the tournament in Pune, India.

In 2010 she also became the first Indian female athlete to win an individual gold medal in badminton at the Commonwealth Games when she was victorious in singles at the Games in Delhi, India.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she claimed India’s first Olympic medal in badminton by winning bronze in singles.

This is the first time Indian women singles shuttlers are assured of medal in Asian Games. India earned the first singles medal in badminton after the 1982 Asiad when Syed Modi won the bronze.

Day 9 of the Asian Games began with Saina’s bronze, now Indians await PV Sindhu’s match in the hope of another medal.

PV Sindhu will compete her semi-final against Akane Yamaguchi. If she wins the match it will assure her of a silver at least and allow her to compete with Tai Tzu Ying for the gold medal.