P V Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, overcame Malaysia’s Goh Wei Jin in the women’s singles quarterfinals on Saturday to advance toward winning the first-ever solo gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
In order to get to her third consecutive semi-final at the Commonwealth Games, former world champion Sindhu defeated Goh, who was ranked 60th, after coming from behind to win 19-21, 21-14, and 21-18.
Aakarshi Kashyap, a teenage player, lost against Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour, a silver and bronze medalist in the 2014 and 2018 championships, respectively, in her CWG debut.
In the final versus Goh, who she had upset in two close games in the mixed team championship, Sindhu, who had won a bronze and silver in the previous two competitions, appeared a little wobbly.
Goh once again proved her attacking prowess by forcing the Indian to work hard in the first game.
The 27-year-old Hyderabadi player held a two-point lead at the halfway stage of the match, but Goh turned the tables with a stronger performance in the second half of the opening game to grab a 1-0 lead in the contest.