PV Sindhu crashes out of the Semi Finals, losing to arch nemesis Tai Tzu-Ying in straight sets!

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJul 31, 2021 17:09 IST

LIVE updates & scores from PV Sindhu's semifinal badminton match versus Tai Tzu-ying at Olympics


17:09 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Well then, the silver medalist of the Olympic Games 2016, Pusarla V. Sindhu crashes out in the semi finals of the Olympic Games 2020. She still has a shot at the bronze medal against He Bing Jiao tomorrow, and she will want to win that game more than anything in the world. A very very intriguing match this was, full of action, and of the highest quality of Badminton. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did bringing it to you. Keep tuning into SportsKeeda for all other Olympic Action happening where our Indian athletes continue to making our nation proud. That's all from here for now. Goodbye and take care! 

17:04 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu vs Tai Tzu-Ying Match Summary

17:03 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu vs Tai Tzu-Ying Stats

17:03 (IST)31 JUL 2021

In the second game, pressure was on Sindhu, and a few errors proved to be too many at the end. Tai Tzu-Ying made errors too, but as the game progressed, she ws more clinical, and was sticking to her strengths. Here's a snap of the stats. 

17:00 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu was unable to use her smashes as much as she would have liked to, because Tai was rarely giving her any room to, but Sindhu, when given the chance, was taking it with open arms. Apart from the smashes, Sindhu was matching Tai's drop shots with dtop shots of her own, but a few too many errors cost Sindhu a lot at the end. 

16:58 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Tai's backhand was another formidable weapon that was no match for Sindhu at times. Tai was quick, brutal and accurate with picking her shots, and was able to dictate terms as per her wish. Sindhu was no less from Tai, as at the start Sindhu was using the court really well, making Tai go to all corners of it, and force an error for Tai, but soon Tai turned the same page over Sindhu, and did it for a little longer. 

16:55 (IST)31 JUL 2021

At the end, Tai Tzu-Ying made a few errors as well, especially with those drop shots, but it was too late for Sindhu to capitalize on it and force a comeback. Apart from that, Tai used the drop shot quite effectively, especially when she was bluffing Sindhu, showing her a clear shot, but ending up with a drop shot. Sindhu fell for it a couple of times, but later started doing much better against the drop shots. 

16:52 (IST)31 JUL 2021

The second game saw a completely different form of Tai Tzu-Ying, who took her game to another level and was impenetrable. Sindhu was matching it at the start, for the initial 5-6 point, but Tai won the next 5 points in line and took a significant lead into the mid game break. Post that it was a huge mountain to climb for Sindhu. Few shots didn't work her way, a few clear shots were just long, a couple of drop shots failed to clear the net, and one point at a time, Tai inched closer to the victory, which seemed inevitable after one point. 

16:48 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu started the first game on the front foot, looking formidable with her drives and defending well. She had the lead for most part of the first game and was looking stubborn, not giving away easy points. She was forcing Tai Tzu-Ying to play wide and force errors. Although, Tai took her time, and set in her groove. She played the patient game, and forced a comeback late in the first game to get the better of Sindhu. Sindhu pushed the first game, and was ahead well into the 18th point. But at the crunch time, Tai charged up, and used her drop shots to good use to inch past Sindhu and clinch the first game. 

16:42 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Well, so that was a huge win for Tai Tzy-ying as she secures her first medal at a big event. Sindhu on the other hand will push for bronze tomorrow. After a very competitive and end to end first game, Tai outplayed Sindhu in the second. With the scoreline of 21-18, 21-12, Tai will play for the gold medal tomorrow against Chen Yufei.

16:40 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Another heartbreak for India here, as P.V. Sindhu loses the semi finals! A formidable performance from world number 1 Tai Tzu-Ying, who makes this look easier than it was. She wraps up the game in a total of 40 minutes, and makes it into her first Olympic Game finals, and has an opportunity to clinch the gold. For P.V. Sindhu, it's unfortunate, after playing so well throughout her campaign, not to make it into the finals but she still has a chance at a medal. Tomorrow she will feature in the Bronze Medal match and has an opportunity to clinch that! 

16:38 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 12 - 21 Tai Tzu-Ying


16:38 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 12 - 20 Tai Tzu-Ying

8 match points for Tai Tzu-Ying!

16:37 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 12 - 19 Tai Tzu-Ying

Just two points away now, Tai. 

16:37 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 12 - 18 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:37 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 11 - 18 Tai Tzu-Ying

Sindhu living on the edge

16:36 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 10 - 18 Tai Tzu-Ying

Tai closing in on the win!

16:36 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 10 - 17 Tai Tzu-Ying

Tai doesn't go for a return there and leaves a point

16:36 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 9 - 17 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:35 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 9 - 16 Tai Tzu-Ying

Sindhu wins on a drop shot return

16:35 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 8 - 16 Tai Tzu-Ying

Another error from the Indian here. 

16:34 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 8 - 15 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:33 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 8 - 14 Tai Tzu-Ying

Tai's cross-court return was too good for Sindhu

16:33 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 8 - 13 Tai Tzu-Ying

A series of smashes from Sindhu to get back her serve

16:33 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 7 - 13 Tai Tzu-Ying

Dominance here from Tai now! 

16:32 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 7 - 12 Tai Tzu-Ying

Tai completely dominating now

16:31 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 7 - 11 Tai Tzu-Ying

Tai with the advantage at the mid game interval!

16:31 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 7 - 10 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:30 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 6 - 10 Tai Tzu-Ying

Gap is increasing for Sindhu

16:30 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 6 - 9 Tai Tzu-Ying

Finally a failed drop shot from Tai

16:30 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 5 - 9 Tai Tzu-Ying

Too long from Sindhu! 

16:29 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 5 - 8 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:29 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 5 - 7 Tai Tzu-Ying

A formidable smash from the Indian! 

16:28 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 4 - 7 Tai Tzu-Ying

Tai with another glorious drop shot

16:28 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 4 - 6 Tai Tzu-Ying

Sindhu's smash is wide outside

16:27 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 4 - 5 Tai Tzu-Ying

Sindhu challenges but fails!

16:26 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 4 - 4 Tai Tzu-Ying

Outstanding drop shot from Tai which Sindhu fails to keep in

16:26 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 4 - 3 Tai Tzu-Ying

Tai hits the net while trying to lift the shuttle

16:25 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 3 - 3 Tai Tzu-Ying

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Sindhu 3 - 2 Tai Tzu-Ying

TTY's return was way outside

16:24 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 2 - 2 Tai Tzu-Ying

TTY back with a thundering return

16:23 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 2 - 1 Tai Tzu-Ying

Sindhu forcing an error from TTY with her sharp smashes.

16:23 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 1 - 1 Tai Tzu-Ying

What a smash from Sindhu!

16:22 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 0 - 1 Tai Tzu-Ying

16:22 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Second game underway! 

16:20 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 18-21 TTY

Tai Tzu-Ying takes the first set with a thumping smash. Couldn't have asked for a better set point, as Tai is gifted a forehands smash that is darted to the far right of Sindhu. 

16:20 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 18-20 TTY

Two game points for TTY. An error from Sindhu that could prove costly not only in the game, but in the deciding the fate of this match. 

16:19 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 18-19 TTY

Tai edges forward at the crunch moment. She gets a nice drive shot to the left of Sindhu and Sindhu's back hand defense is no match for her. 

16:19 (IST)31 JUL 2021

Sindhu 18-18 TTY


Tai yet again, using that drop effect which Sindhu is finding hard to counter if she is on the back foot. 
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