World number 1 Tai-Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and China's Chen Yufei produced a spectacular display of high-quality badminton in the women's singles final at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic games on Sunday. While eventually, it was Yufei who bagged the gold medal after edging out Tai 21-18, 19-21, 21-18 in a thrilling finale, both the shuttlers were superb on the day. Unfortunately, though Tai had to settle for the silver despite playing a great game.
She later opened up on the emotional moment in an Instagram post. She even revealed how India's PV Sindhu, who had bagged the bronze, prior to the singles final, shared some words of encouragement with her after the medal ceremony. Tai disclosed that Sindhu hugged her and told her how she had done well in the final but it was just not to be.
"PV Sindhu hugged me and told me I know you are sick but you did very well, but today was not your day," Tai Tzu-Ying wrote on her Instagram along with a picture with her.
"She held me in her arms and said she knew it all. That sincere encouragement made me cry," she added.
Check out her Instagram post here:
"I stepped on this dream stage for the third time, and finally made it to the finals, but I couldn’t stand on the highest podium. There is always a little regret, but imperfections always exist, so I have the motivation to pursue better results. Maybe I won’t have another chance to participate in the Olympics, but I have achieved this goal, but it is not so perfect. I just want to tell myself: Tai Tzu Ying, you are great!" she wrote in her native language.
"Thank you all for supporting me. The result is always cruel and I can only accept it, but I tried my best. Thank you to everyone who helped us during this period. Thank you to the representative office in Japan who sent a secretary to the hotel to help us with various issues. Thank you to my team," she added.
27-year-old Tai is one of the finest shuttlers in the world at the moment and even happens to be the world number 1. Yet an Olympic gold turned out to be away from her reach on Sunday.