Jakarta: World number three PV Sindhu lost to her nemesis Tzuying Tai of Chinese Taipei in straight games 21-13, 21-16 in 36 minutes, but won India “a historic Silver”.
This was Sindhu’s third defeat in the finals this year so far, having earlier lost in the Commonwealth Games and World Championship.
What baffled the fans was the way Tai dismantled Sindhu. She made it look so easy that half way through the first game it was clear that she will win the gold.
Tai who had handed 10th straight defeat to Saina Nehwal in the semi finals, recorded her sixth successive win over Sindhu on Tuesday afternoon.
She was named seventh on the Forbes list of highest-earning female athletes. Now, PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian badminton player to reach a singles final at the Asian Games.
Saina Nehwal won the bronze medal:
“She is very strong player, her game is very deceptive,” admitted Sindhu after the defeat. “She has improved tremendously since the Rio Olympics,” added Sindhu who last beat Tai in the Rio Olympic quarterfinals.
(With inputs from Agencies)