Asian Games 2018: Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-final

first_imgSaina Nehwal settled for a bronze medal in the women’s singles at the Asian Games 2018 after a 17-21, 18-21 loss to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in Jakarta on Monday.This is Saina’s first medal at the Asian Games as she was ousted in the quarter-final of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.Saina beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the quarter-final to confirm a historic medal for India. Saina’s confirmed medal was a first in singles for India in 36 years.However, a win over Tai Tzu Ying was always going to be tough for Saina. With the loss on Monday, Saina has now lost her last 10 consecutive matches against the world No.1.A gallant display from #SainaNehwalPlayed with a true spirit of a champion though she suffered an unfortunate loss to Tai Tzu, Finishes her campaign with a , commemorating her best outing so far in an Asiad. #AsianGames2018 #IndiaontheRise Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2018Both Saina and Sindhu have struggled against Tai Tzu because of her deceptive strokes and quick movement on the court. And the same was evident today.Saina fought hard throughout the match and even managed to get a few brilliant strokes to catch Tai Tzu off-guard but in the end the world No.1 was just too good. Tai Tzu, because of the quality of her strokes and variations, is the most difficult opponent on tour right now and has been the undisputed world No.1 since a long time now.advertisementTai Tzu deployed the quick attack strategy against Saina and for most of the match, she looked comfortable in her skin. She make a few unforced errors under pressure from the Indian but the result always looked inevitable.Tai Tzu opened up a big early lead only for Saina to match her stroke-by-stroke and level the score at 10-10. However, the Chinese Taipei player went into the break with a slender 11-10 lead.After the break, Saina kept in touch with Tai Tzu but soon the world No.1 upped the tempo and in just 19 minutes, she took the first game.The second game pretty much had the same story for both the players with the only difference being Tai Tzu looked in even more hurry after the break of the second game.Apart from a few errors, Tai Tzu went straight at Saina and the Indian made quite a number of net errors.In the end, Tai Tzu dispatched Saina 21-14 in the second game in 17 minutes to advance to the final.last_img read more