PV Sindhu to play Asian Games 2018 final – A look at her greatest achievements
It was an impressive show by PV Sindhu as she reached the Asian Games 2018 women’s singles badminton final in Jakarta on Monday. She defeated Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 to set up a summit clash against reigning World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
This was a huge moment for the 23-year old as she became the first Indian shuttler to reach the women’s singles final at the Asian Games. Incidentally, it was also the first singles medals in badminton after the 1982 Games when Syed Modi won the bronze.
Sindhu is already the first Indian to reach the final of an Olympics—a feat she achieved in the 2016 Rio Games—and the first from the country to reach two World Championship finals.
Here’s a look at the major achievements of Indian badminton sensation PV Sindhu:
Macau Open Gold medal – Macau (2013-15)
Between 2013 and 2015, Sindhu won the Macau Open title three times in a row and the list of shuttlers whom she defeated in the finals includes names like Michelle Li, Kim Hyo-min and Minatsu Mitani.
World Championship Bronze Medal – Guangzhou, Copenhagen (2013-14)
This was a historic moment for the youngster as she became the first Indian shuttler to win a medal at the World Championships. In 2013, she defeated the 2012 Olympic Silver medallist Wang Yihan of China and in the following year, she clinched bronze once again after beating World No. 1 Shixian Wang.
Olympic silver medal – Rio de Janeiro (2016)
This was the pinnacle on Sindhu’s success as she reached the final of the Rio Games and though she was beaten by Carolina Marin in the final, she remains the only Indian shuttler to win silver at the Olympics.
China Open Gold medal – Changzhou (2016)
In 2016, Sindhu became only the second Indian to achieve this historic feat after Saina Nehwal (who won the tournament in 2014) as she defeated Sun Yu in a hard-fought summit clash.
India Open Gold medal – New Delhi (2017)
PV Sindhu avenged her loss in the Rio Olympics final as she defeated Carolina Marin enroute to the title. In the quarter-finals, she beat 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal while in the final, she overcame Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska to add another achievement to her illustrious career.
World Championships Silver Medal – Glasgow, Nanjing (2017-18)
In 2017, Sindhu became the second Indian after Saina Nehwal to clinch the silver medal at the BWF World Championships. She enjoyed a brilliant run of form in the competition before losing to Nozumi Okuhara of Japan. The following year was not much different as she impressed once again but was unable to beat Carolina Marin in the summit clash.