India's medal account opened on Day 9 of the 18th Asian Games with star young shuttler Saina Nehwal winning a historic bronze after losing to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in women's singles semifinals.
Saina Nehwal lost to Tzu Ying in straight games of 17-21, 14-21 in a match that lasted barely for 37 minutes. Despite losing the chance of competing for the gold, Nehwal with her bronze medal became the only second singles player and the first female one to win an Asiad bronze after Syed Modi, who had won a bronze in 1982.
Also, India's PV Sindhu defeated Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in their semifinal clash to become the first-ever badminton player to reach the final of Asian Games in either singles or doubles. Sindhu will now face World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying in the final.
In hockey, India defeated Thailand by five goals in the women's Pool B match. In Squash, India beat Indonesia in men's team Pool B match and the Indian women's squash team defeated Iran in their Pool B match. In table tennis, India beat Macau in men's team Group D match.