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PV Sindhu's dream of Olympic gold ends after defeat in semis

The 26-year-old silver medallist from the Rio Games remains in the hunt for a bronze medal

Pusarla V. Sindhu, center, competes against Taiwan's Tai Tzu-Ying during their women's singles badminton semifinal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (AP)

Tokyo, Jul 30 (PTI) Reigning world champion PV Sindhu's hopes of securing India's first-ever Olympic gold in badminton came crashing down as she slumped to a straight-game defeat against world no.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women's singles semifinals here on Saturday.

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The 26-year-old silver-medallist from the Rio Games, however, remained in the hunt for a bronze medal and will be competing against China's He Bing Jiao in the third place play-off at Musashino Forest Plaza on Sunday.

One of the most consistent players, who claimed medals in all big-ticket events in the last five years, Sindhu couldn't counter Tai Tzu's deception with her aggressive game, going down 18-21 12-21 in Tokyo. This is Sindhu's 14th loss to the Taiwanese second seed in 19 meetings, having also lost to her in the last three face-offs.

Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan reacts during the match against P.V. Sindhu of India. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan reacts during the match against P.V. Sindhu of India. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger (REUTERS)

On Friday, Sindhu, seeded sixth, had beaten Japanese world no.5 Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals. Earlier, men's singles player B Sai Praneeth and the men's doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy had failed to qualify for the knockout stage.

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