In her second successive summit clash, PV Sindhu had to settle for the white metal after being beaten by World No. 1 Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying 21-13, 21-16 in the women's singles final at the 2018 Asian Games on Tuesday.
It is a historic day for Indian sports, as the 23-year-old PV Sindhu not only became the first Indian to reach the final of the Asian Games badminton singles event, but also became the first Indian shuttler to win a silver in the history of the continental showpiece.
While many fans would've hoped for a gold medal, but there is no doubt that PV Sindhu will still remain India's badminton queen despite her loss. Following another heartbreak, the 23-year-old revealed her frustration of failing in the final hurdle. She said: "Mistakes, a stepping stone. We have to come back stronger. This is not the end. There are a lot of other matches and tournaments to prove yourself."
PV Sindhu's recent loss adds to her dismal head-to-head record, in which the Chinese Taipei shuttler seems to enjoy a better measure of 10 wins over her Indian arch-rival, who has a mere three wins to her name.
But, the loss had a silver lining to it, with this being India's second badminton medal at the 2018 Asian Games, after Saina Nehwal became the first Indian since Syed Modi in 1982 to win a medal in the singles event at the Asian Games and ended the country's 36-year medal drought. Saina returned with bronze after she was handed a 17-21, 14-21 straight-games loss by eventual gold medal winner Tzu Ying in the semi-final clash.
The Indian ace PV Sindhu might have earned herself the chokers tag after enduring losses at finals of the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, two World Championships, and the most recent 2018 Asian Games. However, the Indian badminton queen will be looking to put her recent losses behind her and aim for a fresh start for the rest of the season.