Another final and another heartbreak for India as India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu finished second-best in a summit clash of a big event. Sindhu grabbed a historic individual silver medal at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games after losing the women’s singles title clash to world number one Tai Tzu-Ying on Tuesday.

In the history of Asian Games, no Indian had ever reached the final of a singles event before the 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who lost 13-21 16-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Tai in just 34 minutes.

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It is the first time that India has won two individual medals at the Asian Games with Saina Nehwal clinching a bronze earlier. Saina was also conquered by Tai in the semifinals.

It was Sindhu’s third defeat in a big final this year, having lost the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games title clash to Saina Nehwal and the World Championship summit clash to Spain’s Carolina Marin.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist had also lost the finals at India Open (to Beiwen Zhang) and Thailand Open (to Nozomi Okuhara) this year. Having lost previous five encounters to Tai, world number three Sindhu needed to punch above her weight to tackle the Chinese Taipei ace.

Here’s PV Sindhu heartbreaking record in the major finals:

2018 | Asian Games | Lost to Tai Tzu Ying

2018 | Commonwealth Games | Lost to Saina Nehwal

2018 | World Championships | Lost to Carolina Marin

2017 | World Championships | Lost to Nozomi Okuhara

2016 | Rio Olympics | Lost to Carolina Marin

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Tai was in complete control from the beginning, taking the first five points of the match, with her trademark sharp returns.

Sindhu had no option but to attack. She returned harder to reduce the deficit to 4-6 but Tai consistently outsmarted Sindhu, using the deft drop shots very effectively.

The Taipei player was deceptive in her strokes and pulled away with a 17-10 lead.

She would change the angle and direction of the stroke very easily, making it difficult for Sindhu to anticipate and find appropriate returns. The first game was over in just 16 minutes.

(With Agency Inputs)