P V Sindhu’s dream to win Olympic Gold has been dashed . The ace Indian star lost the crucial semi- final 18-21, 12-21 in just 40 minutes to Taiwan’s Tzi Tzu Ying. She will now play for the bronze medal against China’s He Bingjiao. The semis loss is big blow, in the absence of Spanish Defending Champion Carolina Marin, Saina Nehwal,
Sindhu was expected to win the Gold. This is huge disappointment.
The 26-year-old Indian, who won a silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, outclassed World No. 5 Japanese Akane Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20 in the quarter-finals.
Tzu Ying edged out Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 in another quarter-final match.
World No 1 Tai Tzu, whom coach Park Tae-sang considers as Sindhu’s biggest rival, has an overwhelming 13-7 advantage against the Indian.
Sindhu, who has lost to Tai Tzu in last three occasions, however, has managed to outwit the Taiwanese shuttler in important events such as the 2016 Rio Games, 2019 World Championships and 2018 World Tour Finals.