Tai Isn’t Invincible, Patience is the Key Against Her: PV Sindhu

Sindhu lost 13-21 16-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Tai in just 34 minutes to settle for silver at the 18th Asian Games.

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Despite being beaten for the sixth successive time by Tai Tzu Ying, India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu belives she doesn't have any mental block against the world no 1, and that only "patience" will help her succeed against Tai.

Olympic medallist Sindhu lost 13-21 16-21 to Chinese Taipei's Tai in just 34 minutes to settle for silver at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Tuesday.

However, Sindhu insisted that there was not a huge gap and the Chinese Taipei player is beatable.

There is not a huge gap. We just have to be prepared and ready, definitely we are going to break that (losing streak). It’s not easy but if we work on our mistakes, we can do it.
PV Sindhu

"There is no mental block, but sometimes you make mistakes and give her a huge lead. You have to keep going, stick to that. I gave her easy points.

If I had played patiently and kept the shuttle in, it could have been different. It was not easy to take points from her because her defence was also good.
PV Sindhu

Tai won her country's first ever singles gold medal in badminton at the Asian Games, outclassing both Saina and Sindhu en route the title win.

(For The Quint’s complete coverage of 2018 Asian Games, click here.)

In fact, Sindhu and compatriot Saina Nehwal have lost 22 matches between them to Tai.

The last time Sindhu got the better of Tai was at the Rio Olympics.

Asked how different Tai is playing compared to the Rio Games, Sindhu said, "She has improved in her strokes, deception. If we work on those, things might change.

"She is a deceptive player. It was not very tough to take those (shots), if you keep the shuttle in, she tends to make mistakes and definitely not very tough to beat." Saina had yesterday described Tai as a complete player and Sindhu too echoed similar views.

She (Tai) does not tend to make rallies and has good strokes. Japanese play rallies, Tai is different.
PV Sindhu

The 23-year-old from Hyderabad has now lost three major finals this year - CWG, World Championship and Asian Games but says she did not feel any pressure before the final.

I felt no pressure. The result is okay but important is to give your 100 per cent and the result showed it. That’s all what I felt. Overall it was good tournament.
PV Sindhu

It was Sindhu's 10th final loss but India chief coach Pullela Gopichand firmly put his weight behind his ward.

"At the end of the day, all want gold medal but there is enough to be proud of. We always had sceptics, who will say what they have to. Hopefully we will reverse that," he said.

There is deception, power, speed and reach. She has a combination of everything. She is deceptive but she is powerful, she can run. There is endurance. That’s what together, makes her good.
Pullela Gopichand on Tai Tzu Ying

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