India's best sportspersons are gearing up for the Asian Games 2018 and the nation is quite hopeful of medals from leading athletes in the mega-event that commences from August 18 in Indonesia. India's biggest medal hope in badminton is undoubtedly PV Sindhu, who at the age of 23 is already one of the top players in the women's singles circuit. However, Sindhu is yet to win a singles title this year, although she made it to four finals in this season - 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 fourth loss in the summit clash of a tournament this year. 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.
The 23-year-old, who won a bronze medal in women's team event at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, will be certainly looking to break her final jinx and clinch her first singles title at the Asian Games this year.
India haven't won a medal in women's singles at the Asian Games. Eight-time former national champion Syed Modi is the only individual medallist for India at the Asiad, having won a bronze at the 1982 New Delhi edition.
The badminton events begin on the 19th of August with the preliminary rounds of the men's and women's team events, while the individual events begin from the 23rd of August.