Jakarta, “You don’t win Silver, you lose Gold” This is one old adage which fits PV Sindhu, whose hopes of Asian games Badminton title went up in smoke on the court of Istora Senayan indoor stadium as she meekly surrendered to her nemesis Tzuying Tai of Chinese Taipei in straight games 21-13, 21-16 in just 36 minutes.
Sindhu might have won what now is often said “a historic Silver” because she knows that she has lost what would have been an epoch Gold.
What baffled the fans was the way Tai dismantled World number three .She made it look so easy that half way through the first game it was clear that she will win the Gold as Sindhu hardly looked in the game.
This was Sindhu’s third defeat in the finals this year so far, having earlier lost in the Commonwealth Games and World Championship.
Tai who had handed 10th straight defeat to Saina Nehiwal in the semi finals, recorded her sixth successive win over Sindhu on Tuesday afternoon.
Sindhu last beat Tai in the Rio Olympic quarterfinals but after the Taiwanese girls has beaten the India six times in a row. In all Tai has beaten the two Indians Sindhu and Saina 20 times and lost to them six times.
The final was totally one sided with Tai dictating the proceedings. She showed amazing flexibility on the court which left Sindhu bewildered and stranded.
Sindhu could not make use of her height and reach as Tai moved like a robot on the court.The Indians tried every trick, she first attacked, then slowed down the game.She tried to play from baseline, tried to rush to the net but nothing worked.
“She is very strong player, her game is very deceptive “ admitted Sindhu after the defeat. “ She has improved tremendously since the Rio Olympics, Tai had watched her compatriot Tienchen Chou losing the men’s final to Indonesian Jonatan Christie. The packed stadium demoralized Chou, who was much higher ranked to his rival.
Tai brought back cheers in her country’s camp by thrashing PV Sindhu make the title contest one side. The Taiwanese girl started with 4-0 lead and then kept it increasing as Sindhu looked helpless on the court. Tai was excellent in all departments of the game and had answer to all the ploys which her rivals used.Tai led 17-11 and conceded two more points before clinching the game 21-13.
Sindhu tried to make a match in the second game but Tai was too good and never allowed the Indian any quarter. Sindhu never looked threatening as Tai returned serves with powerful strokes. Her coverage of the court left Sindhu with no more ploys. Like in first game, in this also the Indian trailed , barring for a very brief period when the score was 4-4.
Tai praised Sindhu for her “spirited display” saying though I I have beaten her several times but I still consider her very tough opponent” “Tienchen’s lose in men’s final made me more me more determined won the Gold for my country”.
Sindhu while praising Tai said “It is not as if she cannot be beaten. It is not difficult but it is easier said then done till we beat her. I did try my best but she was very good today Coach Gopi Chand also echoed what Sindhu said adding that Sindhu and Saina will have to relook at their tactics against Tai.
The coach admitted the defeat in the final was very disappointing and her fans must have felt bad. Asked why she is losing in the finals repeatedly, the coach replied “you tend to ignore that she keeps on making it to the final”
Even on Monday after winning her semi final match Sindhu had said “It’s not going to be easy tomorrow, but I will give my best and play my heart out against Tai. She is doing well, but it all depends on who does well on that day. She’s a very deceptive player and I need to be ready,” and those words proved prophetic ..
It was in 2012, Tai won her first Superseries title. Since then, she has added another 11. Then, when the Superseries format was replaced by the World Tour this year, she won another four tournaments. but she is still to win the Olympic or World Championship.