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Historical Medals for Sindhu & Tai at Asian Games 2018

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 28 Aug, 2018
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Sindhu creates history in badminton by becoming the first Indian to win silver at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta by losing to the world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan with 21-13, 21-16 early today.


In the opener, Tai grabbed the early lead with 5-0, before Sindhu returned an amazing drop shot to save the first point and slowly reducing the deficit with 3-5. Later, Sindhu's long forehand push gave away Tai a point to make 6-3.


From the scoreline of 7-4 to 9-4, the Taiwanese continued her deceptive play and secured points from easy drop shots, which Sindhu could not return and made it to an 11-7 lead.


After the break, Sindhu scored a point from Tai's long shot to win a point at 8-11. The latter had been pushing the former to the corners of the court, after learning the weak area of the Indian with the scoreboard read 13-9 to Tai's favor.


Sindhu's unforced error and long shot push from Tai, costed the Indian to lose the points to the Taiwanese advantage with 10-15; Sindhu enables defensive game while Tai was attacking.


Before Sindhu recovers from the back alley returns, Tai hit the drop shot to give Sindhu a miss with 17-10 to her advantage. Sindhu gained three more points before Tai closed the game 21-13.


After switching the sides, Sindhu grabbed the first point from Tai's wide shot followed by wrong baseline judgements to trail with 1-2.


Sindhu didn't let Tai increase the gap by leveling the score with 4-4. The Indian's sluggish move slowly costed her the match. Tai's too many net-shot returns allowed her to cruise to a huge 18-11 lead.


Later, The Indian changed the gear by grabbing four straight points from Tai's failed dive returns and drop shots to gain points with a 15-18 trail.


While Sindhu owns a slice of history by winning first silver at the Asian Games in badminton, Tai wins first-ever gold for the country.


With this, Tai registered the 10th win over Sindhu from their 13 meetings.

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