Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu in semifinals; PV Sindhu fight for bronze now; Golden dream shattered for 130 crore Indians, where did PV Sindhu miss in the semi-finals?
Indian badminton star PV Sindhu’s dream of winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games was shattered after Chinese Taipei lost in straight games to world number one Tai Tzu Ying here on Saturday. 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 woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics.
Tai Tzu scored the first two points in the opening game but after that Sindhu 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 a shot out at 8-4 to give points to Tai Tzu but the Indian 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 the score 4-4 with a fine drop shot to take a 7-4 lead with four consecutive points. The Indian made good efforts from his side but Tai Tzu smacked him a lot on the court and put Sindhu under pressure to lead 11-7 till 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. Earlier in the men’s singles, B Sai Praneeth and the men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy failed to make it to the knockouts.
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