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Asian Games 2018 Badminton: Saina Nehwal bags bronze in Women's Singles

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 27 Aug, 2018
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 The world has witnessed the thrill of the Asian Games 2018, held at Jakarta, Indonesia after the Indian badminton queen, Saina Nehwal achieved a new milestone in her badminton career with a bronze medal for India after 36 years.


The brilliant shuttler has achieved popularity and prosperity in her career. Saina Nehwal who is a famous name when it comes to creating history has brought bliss to the entire nation yet again.


Even though she didn't win the title at the individual events, she has registered her name in the Indian Badminton history as the FIRST-EVER Singles Medal Winner in Badminton for India at the Asian Games after 36 years.


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In 1982 Asian Games held at Delhi, the legendary badminton player Syed Modi won a bronze medal for the nation at the Men's Singles event. After him, India hadn't won any medal in the badminton individual events for 36 years. However, the dashing player, Saina became the first female shuttler to bag a medal at the Asian Games in individual events.


Saina confirmed a medal for India after she defeated the former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the quarterfinals, held on Sunday where Saina pulled off a brilliant and quick 21-18, 21-16 and foiled her opponent.


Previously at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games-Team events, Saina also won bronze after defeating the same opponent in the quarterfinals.


Conquering the bronze

The top Indian shuttler, Nehwal was drawn against the world no 1, Tai Tzu Ying of China, in the women's singles semifinals of the Asian Games individual events today. The 2012 Olympic medallist, Saina started playing the game with great potential and intensity. However, Tai Tzu Ying proved her supremacy over Saina and won the match with 21-17, 21-14 in just 36 minutes, where Tai Tzu Ying flaunted her unbeatable talent.


Both Saina and Tzu Ying started with attacking game and backhand shots. Tai took the early lead of 4-1 in the inaugural game without giving time for her opponent. Saina had to balance the points, and so the terrific Indian shuttler changed her tactics, and hit more profound returns along with the drop shots and leveled the scores at 8-8.


Tai never stopped throwing her smashes, and by the first break, she got one point lead at 11-10. Knowing that she had to score more to triumph the game, Tai gained four straight points and maintained her lead to 15-10. Tai continued the game with her smashes and with two points at 19-16, Tai seized the first game with 21-17.


The second game between the two shuttlers became more exciting with Saina started to catch up the game with strenuous efforts to rupture the defense of her opponent and leveled the game after at 12-12. On the other hand, Tai snatched the lead from Saina without giving more chances and ended the match at 21-14 and cruised to the finals.


While Saina Nehwal made history after bagging the FIRST-EVER Singles Medal in Badminton for India at the Asian Games after 36 years.


Saina's Astonishing Achievements

Saina has always been a hardworking and fantastic shuttler and a gem to the nation. Her accomplishments in the badminton career have brought immense honor to the nation, and she never failed to make us all proud. She has also won quite a good number of renowned badminton tournaments with her breathtaking performances and talent.



At the 2012 London Olympics, Saina won a bronze medal in the women's singles event.

Apart from this, she has also conquered the Commonwealth Games held at Delhi in 2010 and Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.

At the 2015 and 2017 BWF World Championships, Saina won a silver and bronze laurel respectively.

In the Asian Championships, she has won a bronze medal in 2010, 2016 and 2018.


The accomplishments of Saina are unstoppable. 


She has the spirit of a fighter, and always makes tremendous comebacks to bring honor to the nation. With her potential and caliber, she has a long way to go.


We wish her all the very best for the upcoming championships.  

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