PV Sindhu stormed into the final of the women’s badminton singles event after beating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in Jakarta.

The Rio Olympics silver medalist beat Yamaguchi for a third straight time in a gritty contest where Sindhu won 21-17, 15-21, 21-10.

‘Sindhu has become the first-ever Indian shuttler to reach the final of Asian Games in either singles or doubles.

Sindhu had beaten Yamaguchi at the World Championships in China and most recently in the team event at the Asian Games.

Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal had to be content with a bronze medal after suffering a straight games defeat to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 17-21, 14-21.

The medal ended India’s 36-year drought for a medal in the singles event at the continental tournament.

Last time an Indian won a singles medal at the Asian Games was Syed Modi in men’s singles at the 1982 Games.

The loss continues Nehwal’s dismal run against the World No 1 who has beaten Saina 10 straight times now.