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Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu Creates History; Enters Finals!

Girl power for the win!

Ace Badminton player PV Sindhu has entered the finals of the women’s singles event on the ninth day of the Asian Games 2018. Saina Nehwal, on the other hand, got a bronze medal after losing in straight games to Tai Tzu Ying. Sindhu entered finals with a 21-15, 15-21, 21-10 over World Number 2 Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu, being World Number three, will have to beat Tzu Ying to win India’s first ever individual gold in badminton. Tzu Ying, too, entered the finals after beating Saina Nehwal who ended up walking away with bronze.

Winning for 23-year-old PV Sindhu is nothing new. Her achievements include becoming the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal, and one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal – other being Saina Nehwal. Recently, she won silver in Women’s singles at Commonwealth Games 2018.

Sindhu has been creating waves in the sports field. She made her debut in the coveted Forbes list of Highest-Paid Female Athletes 2018. The 23-year-old has been ranked 7, with earnings of $8.5 million. According to the list, she earned $8.5 million between June 2017 and June 2018, including $8 million from sponsorships and $500,000 in prize money.

She stormed into the scene when she pocketed the silver medal at the Rio Olympics 2016 and there’s been no looking back since. Her rank is just one below American tennis player Venus Williams, while Serena Williams has been ranked number 1.

Meanwhile, congratulatory messages for Saina has since been pouring in, with many appreciating her winning efforts.

28-year-old Saina Nehwal has won over 23 international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached the World Rank number 2 in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain become World Number 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat.

One of the most successful sportspersons in India, Nehwal is currently ranked at World Number 10 and recently won her second gold in Commonwealth Games women’s singles after beating PV Sindhu in the finals, leading the Indian team to another gold medal in the mixed team event.

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