She started her Asian Games singles journey very shakily a few days ago but now P.V. Sindhu is just a step away from gold and glory.

She is the first Indian to enter an Asiad final.

The two-time World Championship silver medallist will meet Taipei’s World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the women’s final on Tuesday.

Sindhu overcame a mid-match lapse of concentration to defeat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 while Saina Nehwal was left confused by Tai Tzu’s end-game strategy and lost 17-21, 14-21 in the semifinals.

Saina ended her campaign with a bronze, her first in three attempts in singles at these Games.

Confident start

Sindhu began confidently. The 23-year-old’s tall frame and long limbs gave her a huge advantage, her smashes which came from a steep angle often rattled her opponent and she could handle anything which Yamaguchi could throw at her.

The second game was close initially but Yamaguchi broke away to 17-13 using her deceptive round the head shots. She also enjoyed three lucky net cord points and took the game to the decider which Sindhu won.

Saina admitted that Tai Tzu’s finishing strategy left her confused. “She tries to be very quick in the last few points.

“I could have controlled here and there but I think it’s tough to play her because she has a complete game where you don’t know where to play her and where to get the points,” said Saina.

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