PV Sindhu once again showed her fighting spirit, fighting side by side with world number one Dai Ziying in the women’s singles semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. But this is still not enough, because his opponent from Chinese Taipei proved too good that day.
Sindhu lost in the semifinals in 1821 and 1221 and will now face Chinese He Bingjiao in the bronze medal match scheduled for Sunday. The Bingjiao lost to compatriot Chen Yufei in the other semi-final, losing in three rounds of 1621, 2113 and 1221. The crown prince and Chen Yufei will compete for the gold medal, which is also scheduled for tomorrow.
Sindhu faced He Bingjiao in the bronze medal match on Sunday and still had a chance to become the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals.
It was a tough game for the defending world champion, but after an outstanding performance in the first game against the world number one, Sindu was eliminated in the second game.
The Indian superstar started well and entered the intermission with a 52-point lead, actually leading by 118 points.
However, the intermission seemed to stimulate the Chinese Taipei Shuttle. She scored three consecutive shots and tied with 1111.
Sindhu did not give up, she also improved her level of play, both players were trapped. A fierce battle for leadership. Sindhu seemed to have the advantage, leading in 1614, but Tai Tzu retired and made it to 1616.
The first game was tied in 1818, and the opening game was still there for Sindhu to win, but the world’s number one won by three consecutive points to take a key 10-point lead.
Won the first game, it seems that Tai Ziying has calmed down. She was more confident in the second shot, which put Sindhu under tremendous pressure.
Sindhu tried to keep in touch and even managed to lead with 43 points, but that was the last time the Indian took the lead.