Tokyo Olympics 2020 Day 8 Highlights: It was heartbreak for PV Sindhu as she was beaten by Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying in straight sets in the semi-finals. Sindhu lost the match by 21-18 & 21-12 as Tzu-Ying completely dominated her with variations in serve and backhand. This is Sindhu’s 14th loss to the Taiwanese second seed in 19 meetings, having also lost to her in the last three face-offs.
India still hopes to grab another medal and add to the silver won by weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Day 1. Sindhu will still have a chance to go for the bronze medal. Sindhu seeded sixth, faces eighth-seed He Bingjiao in the third-place medal match at 5 pm on Sunday.
Earlier, India did not begin the weekend on a great note. Boxer Amit Panghal bowed out in his round of 16 bout against Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez. Archer Atanu Das also went down in men’s individual pre-quarters. On a brighter note, discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur made it to the finals after finishing second in qualifying. Meanwhile, India defeated South Africa 4-3 in women’s hockey to keep their Olympic knockout hopes alive. In shooting, Anjum Moudgil and Tejaswini Sawant failed to make the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions final after finishing 15th and 33rd, respectively, in qualification.