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Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu settles for silver, fails to break final jinx

PV Sindhu has now become the first Indian shuttler to win a silver medal in the Asian Games in a singles event.

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India’s badminton queen PV Sindhu finished second best yet again in a major tournament final as she went down to World Number One Tai Tzu Ying in the Asian Games 2018 women’s singles.

The Olympic silver medalist settled for the white metal again following a 21-13, 21-16 loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.

The 23-year-old Indian shuttler had come into this match with a poor head-to-head record against Tai, having won only three out of the 12 matches. This was Tai’s 10th win against PV Sindhu.

PV Sindhu has now become the first Indian shuttler to win a silver medal in the Asian Games in a singles event.

This is the fifth major event in last two years where PV Sindhu has lost in the final. Earlier, she was defeated by Carolina Marin in World Championships 2018 and before that she was beaten by the same opponent in the final of Rio Olympic 2016. Saina Nehwal had also beaten PV Sindhu in the Commonwealth Games in 2018 to clinch the gold. Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara had denied PV Sindhu the World Championships title in 2016.

Earlier, Saina Nehwal had become first Indian to win a bronze medal in Asia after her 10th straight defeat against Tai Tzu Ying, at Jakarta. Ranked number three in the world, Sindhu had beaten Akane Yamaguchi 21-17 15-21 21-10 in the semi-finals to set the date with Tai Tzu Ying.