It was Saina Nehwal who assured India its first-ever medal in individual women’s badminton by beating Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in straight games 21-18, 21-16.
It was complete domination by India after the first few exchanges in the match. Nehwal got into the thick of things after conceding early initiative to her Thai opponent.
Once she was trailing, she quickly changed her game and started working on long rallies. This seemed to get her opponent tired and that is where she took the initiative. Her comeback is being widely applauded.
Earlier, it was Fouaad Mirza who clinched India’s 6th silver at the Asian Games 2018 campaign as India won its 30th medal. 26-year-old Mirza won the Individual Equestrian Individual event, breaking a 36-year-old record. India last won an Asian Games medal in the event in 1982.
This was also India’s first medal on Day 8. India also clinched another Equestrian medal in the Eventing team final as Japan bagged the gold and Thailand finished with bronze. The Indian team comprised of Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik, Jitendra Singh and Fouaad Mirza are in the fray for a Gold in the team final.
Meanwhile, PV Sindhu is also in the fray for a medal in badminton. She will soon be seen in action playing her quarter-final clash against Jindapol Nitchaon.>