Asian Games 2018: Saina Nehwal ends India’s 36-year wait, wins bronze
Saina Nehwal:Saina Nehwal suffered a straight game defeat against Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 14-21 to pick up a bronze medal in the women’s singles event.
Saina Nehwal will have to content with a bronze medal after suffering a straight games defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 14-21 in Jakarta at the 18th Asian Games. The medal ends India’s 36-year drought for a medal in the singles event at the continental tournament. Last time an Indian won a singles medal at the Asian Games was Syed Modi in men’s singles at the 1982 Games. The loss continues Nehwal’s dismal run against the World No 1 who has beaten Saina 10 straight times now.
Tzu Ying began well, racing to a 4-1 lead in the opening game. Saina changed her strategy to level the game at 8-8. But constant smashes by the Chinese Taipei shuttler on Saina’s backhand gave her mid-game interval lead by a point.
Tzu Ying then took four straight points to take a good lead and win the game.
Saina trailed from the start in the second game itself but defended well to level the game after the mid-game interval at 12-12. Tzu Ying, however, grabbed the lead back as she took full opportunity of an unforced error from Saina.
PV Sindhu takes on Akane Yamaguchi next in the women’s singles semi-final in a bid to keep India’s campaign alive in the event.