Photo credit: Tang Shi
Second final of the day was between two of the strongest players in the circuit. Both were in their first ever Asian Games final but only one of them had won a medal before.
World no. 1 from Chinese Taipei, Tai Tzu Ying, was yet in another big final after claiming gold at the Asian Championships in April. Earlier this month she did however disappoint at the World Championships so Tai was surely eager for success today. She’d have to overcome another player hungry for gold though as Pusarla V. Sindhu was also eager for revenge for all the times she “only” got silver at big events. The strong Indian holds silver from the Olympic Games 2016, the World Championships 2017 and 2018, and the Commonwealth Games 2018. The statistics between Tai and Sindhu said 9-3 for Tai before today’s final.
And it was also Tai who had the best start today in a match that was played at extreme pace. The Taiwanese lead all the way through first game, which was hers in just 16 minutes. With a score of 21-13 it looked as if there wasn’t much for Sindhu to do today, but the Indian is not known for giving up.
Second game started just as bad for the Indian though. She was obviously struggling to keep up with Tai who on the other hand seemed to have the match under control. It was 9-6 after just 6 minutes and 11-7 at interval. Something had to happen for Sindhu now, otherwise she would have to settle with another silver medal…
Over and out
The Taiwanese top shuttler added on to her lead and left her Indian opponent with no chances. 15-10 became 18-12 and things looked really dark for Sindhu. After 39 minutes everything was over and the final never reached that intense affair all the spectators had been hoping for. Tai won 21-16 and claimed her sixth consecutive win over Sindhu who for sure is getting pretty tired of this development now.
Statistically the final was a big strange with an average of only 7 strokes per rally. Longest rally was 34 seconds and the two only used 9 shuttles. Tai Tzu Ying adds the Asian Games gold to her already impressive collection of titles and Pusarla V. Sindhu once again has to accept a loss in a big final. Will next time be golden? Only time can tell…
Big congratulations to Tai Tzu Ying!
Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei vs. Pusarla V. Sindhu, India 21-13 21-16
Gold: Tai Tzu Ying, Chinese Taipei
Silver: Pusarla V. Sindhu, India
Bronze: Saina Nehwal, India, and Akane Yamaguchi, Japan