Tokyo Olympics 2020: PV Sindhu loses to Chinese Taipei's Tai-Tzu-Ying

By Rajan Nath - July 31, 2021 4:07 pm

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Ace shuttler PV Sindhu was defeated by Chinese Taipei's Tai-Tzu-Ying 18-21, 12-21 in a nail-biting semifinal match of Badminton Women's singles on Saturday.

With this, the hope of a medal from PV Sindhu died down. It may be recalled that PV Sindhu had won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics after she was defeated by Spain's Carolina Marin.

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There were long rallies from the beginning of the first set. Tai Tzu Ying started with a small lead but Sindhu gave a strong fight in the beginning. Although Sindhu was having a lead in the beginning Tai was not letting her score easily.

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However, Tai Tzu was fighting back strongly. The first set was all about 'giving it back'. Still, Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu won the first set 21-18.

It was for the first time in Tokyo Olympics 2020 that PV Sindhu was defeated in the first set of a match. Earlier, she had never led the game to reach the third set.

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The second set of the match also started with deception, however, Tai took an early lead. She continued with the lead and dominated the rallies from the beginning.

Now, PV Sindhu will play for the bronze medal against China's He Bingjiao on August 1.

-PTC News