Jakarta: PV Sindhu finished runners-up in the women's singles badminton final in the ongoing Asian Games 2018 after she lost to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in straight games.
The final scoreline read 21-13, 21-16.
As a result, she won the silver medal, whereas Tai cinched gold.
Sindhu came into this match with a poor head-to-head record against Tai, winning just three out of 12 matches. This was Tai's 10th win against Sindhi across all competitions.
Even though Tai had the lead for most of the time, Sindhu fought valiantly in order to keep her dreams alive. Her chances of clinching the second game seemed alive when the score was 4-4, with the scores being level for the first time in the match.
However, in the end, Tai was the better shuttler as she brought glory to her country.
Tai Tzu Ying 21- PV Sindhu 16
IT'S OVER! Tai Tzu Ying beats PV Sindhu in straight games to clinch gold medal. The final scoreline reads 21-13, 21-16.
Tai Tzu Ying 19- PV Sindhu 15
From 11-17 down to 15-19, Sindhu has fought back bravely. But is it too late?
Tai Tzu Ying 12- PV Sindhu 8
Tai's smash is too strong for Sindhu, who fails bends down but fails to return the shot.
Tai Tzu Ying 9- PV Sindhu 7
Sindhu seals her seventh point with a great drop-shot.
Tai Tzu Ying 4- PV Sindhu 4
Good response by Sindhu. The scores are level for the first time in this match.
Tai Tzu Ying 21- PV Sindhu 13 (First game)
First game has been sealed and goes to Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying.
Tai Tzu Ying 17- PV Sindhu 11 (First game)
A fantastic return by Sindhu, who gains another crucial point as Tai fails to reply back.
Tai Tzu Ying 13- PV Sindhu 9 (First game)
Tai continues to lead, but Sindhu seems to have almost found her way back. She is still in the chase for the first game.
Tai Tzu Ying 8- PV Sindhu 4 (First game)
Sindhu is putting up her best effort, but in each and every rally Tai is getting the better of her. Earlier, she had fought back from 1-6 down to 3-6.
Tai Tzu Ying 5- PV Sindhu 1 (First game)
It's an early advantage for the Chinese Taipei shuttler, as she has looked a better player than Sindhu.
All eyes will be on India’s PV Sindhu as she eyes a historic gold medal when she faces World no one Tai Tzu-ying in the women’s singles badminton final of the Asian Games 2018 here on Tuesday.
The possibility of a Sindhu-Saina final was written off when Tai Tzu-ying beat the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist 21-17, 21-14 in straight games in the semifinal.
Meanwhile, Sindhu overcame Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in their last four clash.
If the Hyderabadi shuttler wins on Tuesday, it will be India’s first individual gold in badminton.
Head to head:
PV Sindhu 3 – 9 Tai Tzu Ying
Date and match-timing:
The match will take place on Tuesday, 28th August and is scheduled to take start from 12:00 pm (IST) onwards.
The match will be aired on various Sony Sports network channels - Sony Ten 2 /HD, Sony Ten 3/HD and Sony ESPN/HD.
Live action can also be streamed on the SonyLiv app or on SonyLiv.com...