PV Sindhu outplayed Japan's world number two Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 to set up the final clash with Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in the women's singles event at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on Monday. Sindhu, who has a long-standing rivalry with Tai Tzu, insisted that she has a plan in place to outsmart the best player in the world when they meet in the summit clash on Tuesday. "I have a strategy in place for her. It should be a good match," world No. 3 PV Sindhu said in the post-match interview.
Sindhu has not beaten Tai Tzu in their last five meetings and the Chinese Taipei player enjoys an overall 9-3 dominance over the Indian shuttler. However, silver-medallist Sindhu managed to defeat Tai Tzu at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Sindhu, who will be playing her fifth final this year, will be under pressure to break the jinx and land the closing punch.
She is yet to win a singles title this year, although she made it to four finals - India Open, Commonwealth Games, Thailand Open and BWF World Championships.
In fact, she lost a close Commonwealth Games final to compatriot Saina Nehwal and brought home a silver medal.
Her most recent loss was against Carolina Marin in the final of the BWF World Championship, her. It was also her second defeat in the final of World Championships as she had lost an epic final against Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow last year.
Earlier on Monday, Tai Tzu Ying defeated Saina 21-17, 21-14 in the first semifinal and dashed the hopes of an all-India final at the Games.