Tokyo: India’s female badminton player PV Sindhu has lost in the semi-final match of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. She suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei.
Sindhu’s dream of gold shattered
Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu was India’s biggest medal hope and the way she performed in Tokyo so far, it seemed that she could bring a gold medal this time. But with this defeat, his dream was shattered.
Sindhu lost in the semifinals
Sixth seed Sindhu (PV Sindhu) lost 18-21, 12-21 to second seed Ying Tzu in a match that lasted 40 minutes. Sindhu did better in the first game and took the lead in the beginning but Ying Xu came back to win the first game. After this, Sindhu could not present any challenge in the second game and lost this game too.
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 his reach. Both the players showed a good view of crisp smashes and clever drop shots. Sindhu scored a shot at 8-4 and gave points 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 gave each other an equal match 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. At the start of the second game, Sindhu was ahead but Tai Tzu with a fine drop shot leveled the score at 4-4 and took 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 till the interval.
Tai Tzu continued to dominate even after this. Sindhu scored 8-13 with a smashing but Tai Tzu scored three consecutive points and then won the match on the first of eight match points.
Sindhu can still win medal for India
Sindhu may have been out of the gold medal race but she still has a chance to clinch the bronze. Sindhu now has a chance to become the first Indian to win two individual medals at the Olympics.
Sindhu will now take on China’s He Bing Xiao for the bronze medal, who was defeated by compatriot Chen Yu Fei 21-16, 13-21, 21-12 in the first semi-final.