TAIWAN’s world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying was wearing a huge smile after dumping reigning world champion P.V. Sindhu to reach the women’s singles semi-finals.She exacted sweet revenge on the Indian with a convincing 21-16,21-16 win in the last eight yesterday.
It was Sindhu who spoiled her party at last year’s World Championships when she was sent reeling in the quarter-finals in Basel, Switzerland.
Tzu-ying has never won a medal in the world meet. She was a quarter-finalist in four other editions – 2013,2014,2015 and 2018.
Tzu-ying was happy that she kept her mistakes minimal this time around against the lanky opponent.
“I made a lot of errors when I played against her in Basel, ” said Tzu-ying.
“Sindhu uses her height and speed to her advantage and plays a very aggressive attacking game.
“I need to reduce my mistakes against players like her or else I will be punished, ” added the 2018 Asian Games champion who will face China’s He Bingjiao today.Tzu-ying hopes to get off to a good start to the year to put herself in good stead as she bids to win her first Olympic Games medal in Tokyo.
Sindhu revealed that she gave away three crucial points while at 15-15 in the first game which cost her dearly.
“I was a bit in a hurry and gave away those points. She took the opportunity and finished the game, ” said Sindhu. “In the second game, I gave her a huge lead and could not catch up.”
The other semi-final clash will be between Spain’s Carolina Marin and China’s Chen Yufei.
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