BWF World Championship: PV Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu Ying, dreams of winning the broken title

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BWF World Championship: PV sindhu falls out of quarter-finals

Breaking her dream of retaining the title of defending champion PV Sindhu, world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei defeated her in back-to-back games in the quarterfinals of the Badminton World Championship here on Friday. Top seed Tai Tzu won the match 21-17, 21-13 in 42 minutes.

Sindhu, the world’s number seven player and two Olympic medalist, won the title in 2019 and the tournament could not be held in 2020 due to the Corona epidemic. Sindhu had defeated Tai Tzu in this tournament in 2019, but lost to her in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. Before this match, his win-loss record against Tai Tzu was 14-5.

The Indian found it difficult to match Tai Tzu’s agility, coverage of the court and direct shots, which he has done many times in the past, although Sindhu achieved excellent cross shots on the court. Sindhu made a lot of awkward mistakes during the match. It was tied in the second game but lost later.

Tai Tzu thus avenged his loss to Sindhu on the same stage at the 2019 World Championship. Both players are friends off the pitch. The two were initially tied 2-2 in the first game, but Tai Tzu quickly took an 11-6 lead.

Sindhu narrowed the gap from 16-18 to 17-19 with some brilliant cross shots after the break. But this Indian player couldn’t keep up the momentum and after hitting two wide shots he lost the first game in 17 minutes. The second game was close, but then a Sindhu error by Tai Tzu took the lead 11-8 until the break. But Tai Tzu had no answer for two big shots and now Sindhu narrowed the gap to just one point which became 10-11.

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Tai Tzu won the next issue. Sindhu then did a cross smash to make the score 11-12. The Chinese Taipei player hit a wide shot that made it 12-12. Tai Tzu put the next three points on his account, but then hit the net. Sindhu was trailing 13-16 after a failed line call challenge.

The Indian fired the next two shots at the net and failed to catch her opponent’s knockdown, leaving her 13-18 to drop five points. Sindhu continued to make an awkward mistake, taking the first deflected shot and missing a blow from Tai Tzu to lose the match. Now Tai Tzu will face the winner of the match between Hee Bingjao and Han Yue.

Lakshya Sen of India will face Zhao Jun Peng of China, Kidambi Srikanth against Mark Kalzo and HS Prannoy against Lo Keen Yu in the men’s singles quarterfinal.

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