Jakarta, August 28: India's PV Sindhu finished second-best in a major final for the fourth time in 2018 but collected the country's first badminton silver at the Asian Games after losing the women's singles title clash to world number one Tai Tzu Ying in the women's badminton singles finals on Tuesday (August 28).
Sindhu lost the match in just 34 minutes in straight sets - 13-21, 16-21. It is the first time that India has won two individual medals at the Asian Games with Saina Nehwal earlier clinching the bronze. Saina was also conquered by Tai in the semifinals.
Sindhu had lost in a big final four times this year, having lost the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games title clash to Saina Nehwal and the World Championship summit clash to Spain's Carolina Marin. Besides that she was also beaten in the title clashes at the India Open (by Saina) and at the Thailand Open (by Nozomi Okhuhara).
Sindhu had scripted history on Monday (August 27) becoming the first Indian to cement her spot in the final of the Asian Games 2018 women's singles. No Indian had ever reached the final of a singles event at the Asian Games before the 23-year-old from Hyderabad.
On this day, Tai was in complete control from the beginning, taking the first five points of the match, with her trademark sharp returns. To negate Tai's strong net game, Sindhu tried to push her back to the baseline in the second game. It got her points but she lost too many points due to unforced errors as some of the shots sailed over the lines.
.@Pvsindhu1 @NSaina gave us several moments of joy and it's because of their dedication, the 🇮🇳 flag soars high today at the #AsianGames2018 Congratulations girls, the nation is proud of you! 💪🏸🥈🥉#IndiaontheRise #PVSindhu #SainaNehwal pic.twitter.com/3PDpTiA8W8— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 28, 2018
The strategy could have been more effective if she had not missed drop shots after pinning Tai to baseline.
Initially, Sindhu was tied with Tai at 4-4 but as the game wore on, the Taipei shuttler continued to tighten her grip over the contest. An un-returnable smash put her ahead 15-10.
It was over soon with Tai earning a match point with Sindhu netting a shuttle at 15-19.