Another silver for Sindhu
Jakarta, August 28
Once again PV Sindhu finished second best. Once again Sindhu has a silver medal against her name at a major badminton tournament. Sindhu lost 13-21 16-21 against Chinese Taipei’s world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying in the women’s singles final. The manner of the loss was summed up by chief coach Pullela Gopichand, who said Tai never gave Sindhu a chance in the match.
He also thought Sindhu was slow and should have been more attacking against the best player on the planet. “On the day it was very little we could have done but probably we need to go back and work on few of the strokes,” Gopichand said later.
Loss No. 6
Tuesday’s was the sixth loss for Sindhu in major competitions since she finished behind Spain’s Carolina Marin at the 2016 Rio Olympics. While Tai hardly broke a sweat, Sindhu looked harried and slow today. Tai was bossing the game from both the third court and net play. Tai raced to a 5-0 lead in the first game, setting the tone for the match. Her deceptive shots ended the first game in only 16 minutes. Sindhu was far more attacking in the second game but Tai’s defensive play withstood that. “It was not easy to take points from her as her defence was good. I could have reduced my mistakes is what I can say,” Sindhu said.
“She could have got her rhythm and energy a little before and probably things would have been different,” Gopichand added. “I don’t know how Tai would have reacted had Sindhu done it, probably she would have another plan. At the pace she played, I don’t think she gave Sindhu any chance.”
Indonesia’s Jonathan Christie won the men’s singles gold medal after he defeated Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 in 70 minutes.