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Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu hopes to go all the way in gold medal match

first_imgPV Sindhu secured her place in the final of the women’s singles badminton event after beating Japanese world no 2 Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Monday.Awaiting for he in the final will be Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, who beat India’s Saina Nehwal 21-17, 21-14 in her semi-final match.Tai Tzu has proved to be a nemesis for Sindhu in the past and the summit clash will be their 13th international encounter.Sindhu trails 9-3 in head-to-head against Tai Tzu, but this time the Indian shuttler has a plan.READ – PV Sindhu to battle for badminton gold vs world No.1 Tai Tzu”I have a strategy in place for her. It should be a good match,” said world no 3 Sindhu, who has not beaten Tzu Ying in their last five meetings.The pressure will be on Sindhu as it is another big final. The Rio Olympics runner-up has often been criticized for not landing the final punch, having lost a few major finals, including two straight World Championships summit clashes.It was only at the 2016 Rio Olympics where Sindhu last got the better of Tzu Ying.#PVSindhu enters the FINALS of #AsianGames2018India has never won a Gold or Silver medal at an #AsianGames ever in any event, it’s always been a Bronze! @Pvsindhu1 is here to challenge everything!She beat Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 to enter the finals #Proud pic.twitter.com/9v1COB1vQvOGQ (@OGQ_India) August 27, 2018Here, Sindhu overcame a shaky start earlier in the competition to make the final. She was stretched to three games in the opener by Vietnam’s Vu Thi Trang.advertisementThe 23-year-old Sindhu said she never doubted herself despite a wobbly beginning.READ – Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-final”I never thought negative for a moment. I was always thinking about improving with each match. It is a big competition and there are no easy matches. Hope to go all the way tomorrow,” she said.Sindhu said it was unfortunate that it could not be an all Indian final with Saina losing to Tzu Ying.”She lost but she played well. I could not see the entire match but she played well in the second set. I was hoping to meet her in the final,” she said.In the semifinal against Yamaguchi, it seemed Sindhu had it easy in the third and decisive game.”There was a big lead but no point was easy. The scoreline doesn’t suggest that but I had to fight hard for every point,” Sindhu said.”There were long rallies. She did not give up despite trailing. She was also a bit lucky with the net chords. At one point, I was like this is happening a lot but you can’t do much about these things.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more