Taiwan's Tai Ends 'sad' Sindhu's Olympic Badminton Gold Hopes
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Sat 31st July 2021 | 05:50 PM
Tokyo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Jul, 2021 ) :Women's badminton world number one Tai Tzu-ying ousted P.V. Sindhu in the Olympic semi-finals on Saturday, ending her bid to become only India's second ever individual gold medallist.
"It's sad that I couldn't go to the final," said Sindhu.
"I'm sure a lot of people from India supported me and showed me their love. It just wasn't my day, but I'm going to try again tomorrow." Tai's win means Taiwan is guaranteed another Olympic badminton medal, after Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin reached the final of the men's doubles.
"I think I did pretty well today," said Tai. "I didn't make many mistakes, so I didn't feel so much pressure." The 27-year-old will play Chen for gold, after the Chinese world number two beat compatriot and training partner He 21-16, 13-21, 21-12.
"It's very difficult for me because we're very familiar with each other," Chen said of He, the world number nine.
But Antonsen stumbled in his quarter-final against Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, going down 21-18, 15-21, 21-18.
World number three Antonsen clawed his way back after losing the first game against Ginting, but was unable to last the pace.
"In the end he was better, definitely," said Antonsen.
"Right now it hurts, it hurts really bad. I have to deal with that pain in the next few weeks." Cordon edged a step closer to winning Guatemala's second-ever Olympic medal with his win over Heo, who knocked out Momota in the group stage.
The 34-year-old journeyman crumpled to the ground in disbelief after hitting the match-winning point, then lay sobbing on court.
"I'm still a kid, playing like a kid, having fun, trying to do my best," said Cordon.
"Can you believe that I'm in a semi-final right now? This feeling is just amazing."In women's doubles Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu will play China's Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan in the final.