PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying, Asian Games 2018 women’s badminton singles final: As it happened
PV Sindhu clinched a historic silver medal after going down 13-21, 16-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in the Asian Games 2018 women’s badminton singles final on Tuesday.
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Live Updates: PV Sindhu clinched silver after losing 13-21, 16-21 against World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s badminton singles final at Asian Games 2018. Earlier, Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to reach the Asian Games badminton finals after defeating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi. Till that point, Syed Modi’s bronze in men’s singles at the 1982 Games in New Delhi was the only individual medal for India at the Asian Games. Saina Nehwal claimed the bronze medal after losing to Tai Tzu Ying in the semifinals. (Medals Tally) (India at Asian Games)
India’s record medal tally
Appreciation from Kidambi Srikanth
It’s all over now..Still we are proud of our Sindhu 🙏🙏😊— Kidambi Srikanth (@SriKidambi_FC) August 28, 2018
Heartbreak for Sindhu
PV Sindhu never looked in control against Tai Tzu Ying as she signed off as India’s first silver-medallist in Asian Games badminton. On the other hand, it was a brilliant show by the World No. 1 who claimed her first Asian Games medal.
Sindhu gets silver
PV Sindhu gets sliver after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 13-21, 16-21 in Women’s Singles Badminton final
Sindhu trails 11-16
Two back-to-back points for Sindhu but another unforced error means that she still trails 11-16 in the second game.
Sindhu trails 7-11
Sindhu trails 11-7 against Tai Tzu Ying in the second game of Women’s Singles Badminton final. This is not looking good for the 23-year old.
Tai Tzu eyes gold
9-5 lead in the second game and Tai Tzu Yin will be dreaming of the gold medal already. it has been a masterclass from the top-ranked shuttler and it has not been SIndhu’s day till now as she trails 9-7.
Sindhu on back foot
Drop shots have been the main weapon for Tai Tzu Ying and PV Sindhu seems to have no answers to them. The domination continues as Sindhu trails 4-3.
Sindhu loses first game
A brilliant show by Tai Tzu Ying and she has taken the first game 21-13. It has a great performance by the World No. 1 and Sindhu will need something special to make a comeback!
This has been a good passage of play for PV Sindhu as she fought back after a terrible start. The Indian shuttler is relying on her reach and it has served her well in long rallies. Sindhu trails 10-15.
Sindhu trails at break
It’s break in the first game and Sindhu is trailing 7-11. Both players are not approaching the net and right now, the gameplay has mainly been about shot placements.
Sindhu fights back
It’s 8-4 right now but PV Sindhu is fighting back with some good smashes. However, the placement of Tai Tzu Ying’s shots have been quite phenomenal.
Tai Tzu Ying is performing brilliantly as she has taken a 5-1 lead against PV Sindhu. The World No. 1 is looking in brilliant form and the Indian is under pressure straight away.
The first point goes to Tai Tzu Yin. An unforced error by PV Sindhu.
It’s almost time
We are minutes away from the start of the match and a billion Indians will be following every shot of this encounter. PV Sindhu can become the first Indian shuttler to clinch a gold medal at Asian Games!
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PV SIndhu not bothered by challenge
“I never thought negative for a moment. I was always thinking about improving with each match. It is a big competition and there are no easy matches. Hope to go all the way tomorrow,” she said.
Big moment for India
PV Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of badminton singles competition at the Asian Games. It will be the first time India will have two singles shuttlers standing on the podium in the continental Games.
Video: PV Sindhu in action
#PVSindhu enters the FINALS of #AsianGames2018— OGQ (@OGQ_India) August 27, 2018
India has never won a Gold or Silver medal at an #AsianGames ever in any event, it's always been a Bronze! @Pvsindhu1 is here to challenge everything!
She beat Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 to enter the finals👏🇮🇳 #Proud pic.twitter.com/9v1COB1vQv
Sindhu’s run to the final
PV Sindhu had a couple of scares enroute to the final and in the semis, she defeated the World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi on Japan. The 23-year old clinched the match 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in 66 minutes.
Sindhu laments Saina’s loss
PV Sindhu said it was unfortunate that it could not be an all Indian final with Saina Nehwal losing to Tai Tzu Ying.
“She lost but she played well. I could not see the entire match but she played well in the second set. I was hoping to meet her in the final,” she said.
Saina on Tai Tzu Ying
“She has a complete game where you don’t know where to play her and where to get the points, I was really confused there. Her net is quite strong, she has variety of shots from the net, so you have the chance to play at the back and open up the court, that’s why I thought at the start I could play deep back initially.”
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TRIVIA: Syed Modi’s bronze in men’s singles at the 1982 Games in New Delhi was the only individual medal for India at the Asian Games.
Sindhu’s final woes
The Rio Olympics runner-up PV Sindhu has often been criticized for not landing the final punch, having lost a few major finals, including two straight World Championships summit clashes.
It was only at the 2016 Rio Olympics where Sindhu last got the better of Tzu Ying.
Gopichand on Sindhu
“Sindhu has done very well consistently to get to the finals. I hope we have a good match tomorrow,” Gopichand said as PV Sindhu reached the final. “Sindhu is one of the peoples with power and speed who can pull this off,” he added.
India’s medal tally
India now is ninth in the medal standings with 41 medals (8 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze). Global superpower China leads the table with 191 medals, followed by Japan (136 medals) and South Korea (106 medals).
Sindhu is already the first Indian to reach the final of an Olympics—a feat she achieved in the 2016 Rio Games—and the first from the country to reach two World Championship finals. Here’s a look at some of her greatest achievements.
Overall, Tai Tzu Ying has a 9-3 record against PV Sindhu and incidentally, she enjoys a similar dominance over Saina Nehwal, whom she defeated in the semifinals.
“You have to have that game to beat her, to properly plan. World Championship and the Games were quite close, so we did not have enough time to prepare but I tried. It’s not like that you cant beat her. It’s not impossible. You have to have a complete game because she has those deceptive shots to come out of difficult situations.”
Saina won bronze
India’s Saina Nehwal had to settle for bronze after suffering a 21-17, 21-14 defeat in the semifinals. The 28-year-old’s bronze is the first individual badminton medal at the Asian Games for India in 36 years.
After defeating World No.2 Akane Yagamuchi of Japan 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in the semis, the 23-year-old became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of badminton singles competition at the Asian Games.
Hello and welcome to the coverage of the women’s singles badminton final between PV Sindhu and Tai Tzu Ying. India have never won a silver or gold medal in badminton at the Asian Games and as a result, this is a huge moment for PV Sindhu and the entire nation.