Asian Games Badminton final: Tai trumps Sindhu to take gold

Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying defeated P. V. Sindhu 21-13, 21-16 in the 2018 Asian Games women's badminton singles final to claim the gold medal.

P. V. Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi in three games to reach the final.   -  PTI

World Number 1 Tai Tzu Ying defeats P. V. Sindhu 21-13, 21-16 to bag the women's singles gold medal. Sindhu will pick up the silver medal, making it India's best ever finish in the Asian Games.

16-21: THAT'S THE WIN.

16-20: Sindhu stages a late comeback but its too little too late. Tai now with four championship points in hand.

14-19: Tai is now only two points away from sealing the gold medal.

11-18: Sindhu's lob loops past the line and Tai now has a seven point advantage.

That's a gift. Sindhu's feeling the nerves as her serve finds the net and allows Tai to extend her lead.

Tai has been so good with her drops today. She plays yet another delicate forehand drop shot to clinch the point.

Tai with a four point lead at the lemonbreak.

7-9: Sindhu seals the point with a cross court drop shot. That was the longest rally of the match so far! 

The longest rally in this game has been just ten strokes. It's been a case of short and explosive points so far.

Tai offering Sindhu no room into the game, she takes the lead again.

3-4:  A lovely lob seals the point for Sindhu.

1-3: Sindhu's attempt sails past the line, Tai up by two.

Second game begins

13-21: Tai takes the first game 21-13 in all of 16 minutes.

10-17: Tai is simply outplaying Sindhu. She sends her to both ends of the court before finishing the point. She now boasts a seven point lead.

10-14: Tai goes down the line and beats Sindhu with a deft drop shot.

9-11: Sindhu clawing her way back into this opening game. It's only a two point deficit now.

7-10: Sindhu is being made to work for every single point here. She forces an unforced error from Tai to reduce the gap to three points.

4-9: What kind of magic is this? Tai plays an astounding disguised drop shot to take a five point lead.

4-6: That's some lovely anticipation from Sindhu there. She drags Tai wide and then smashes the return.

3-5: Tai finds the net and Sindhu claims three back to back points.

0-5: How's that for momentum? Tai fires three consecutive smashes and wins the point with the third one.

0-3: Tai extends her lead with a delightful drop.

0-1: Tai takes the first point of this final.

First game begins

The players are on the court and are warming up. Sindhu in red and Tai in black. An exciting contest awaits!

Good morning and welcome to Sportstar's live blog of women's badminton final between India's P. V. Sindhu and Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying on day ten of the 2018 Asian Games.
Key pointers ahead of the game:

  • Tai leads the head to head with 9 wins out in their last 12 encounters
  • The last time the two clashed Tai beat Sindhu 21-15, 19-21, 21-11 at the Malaysian Open semifinal in June
  • Sindhu had defeated Tai in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won the silver medal
  • Tai already has a Asian Games medal. She won the bronze at the 2014 Games in Incheon.

Sindhu comes into the tie after defeating World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi 21-17, 15-21, 21-10. The Indian doesn't have the best track record against Tai. She has a 3-9 win-loss record against her and has lost all her five recent meetings. However, Sindhu can take some confidence from the fact that she had defeated Tai in the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she won the silver medal.


The pressure will be on Sindhu as she has often received flak for not packing the final punch, having lost a few major finals, including two straight World Championships summit clashes. And making things more interesting is the fact that her compatriot Saina Nehwal picked up the bronze medal on Monday after losing to Tai in the semifinal.

Sindhu not only has a shot at gold today, but she also has a chance to exact revenge.