Olympics: Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei beat PV Sindhu 21-18, 21-12 in the semifinals
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the semi-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics at Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1 on Saturday.
With this defeat, Sundhu’s dream of getting a gold medal in badminton women’s singles was shattered.
Tzu Ying defeated Sindhu 21-18, 21-12 in the semi-finals. Sindhu will now play for the bronze medal on Sunday.
Rio Olympic silver medalist Sindhu put up a tough challenge to Tai Tzu in the first game but ended up losing 18-21, 12-21 in a 40-minute match.
Sindhu now has a chance to become the first Indian to win two individual medals at the Olympics.
She will take on China’s He Bing Xiao for bronze on Sunday, who was defeated by compatriot Chen Yu Fei 21-16, 13-21, 21-12 in the first semi-final.
There were 18 matches played between these two players before the semi-final, in which Tai Tzu won 13 matches and they continued their dominance on Saturday as well.
Although the Chinese Taipei player took some time to gain momentum initially, the Indian players could not put pressure on her.
Tai Tzu scored the first two points in the opening game, but Sindhu then looked more aggressive as she scored five consecutive points to make the score 5-2 in her favor.
Sindhu meanwhile played a controlled game and made good use of her reach.
Both the players showed a good eye for crisp smashes and clever drop shots.
Sindhu played out a shot at 8-4 and gave a point to Tai Tzu, but the Indian player was ahead 11-8 till the interval.
Tai Tzu then scored three consecutive points to level the score at 11-11.
After this, both of them leveled each other till the score of 18-18, but the Chinese Taipei player scored three consecutive points from here to win the first game with a powerful smash.
Sindhu was ahead at the start of the second game, but Tai Tzu made a fine drop shot to level the score at 4-4 to take a 7-4 lead with four consecutive points.
The Indian made a good effort from his side, but Tai Tzu overpowered him on the court and put Sindhu under pressure by taking an 11-7 lead at the interval.
Tai Tzu continued to dominate even after this. Sindhu scored 8-13 with a scintillating smash, but Tai Tzu scored three points in a row and then won the match on the first of eight match points.
Sixth seed Sindhu had defeated world number five Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the quarterfinals on Friday.