Third time proved to be the charm for Chinese Tai Tzu-Ying who finally laid her hands on an Olympic medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Although the World no.1 Tai couldn’t manage to seal the pole position, she clinched the gold medal in an enthralling final match against China’s Chen Yufei.
As it is with many great players, the Chinese Taipei shuttler wasn’t satisfied with her showing in the final. She took to Instagram to express her disappointment for failing to step up on the big stage. even in despair, Tai promised to take the loss as motivation and come roaring back in the future although she might not get a chance to feature in the greatest sporting extravaganza, the Olympics.
“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,” the caption read. “Maybe I won’t have another chance to participate in the Olympics, but I have achieved this goal. Although it is not so perfect, I just want to tell myself: Tai Tzu-Ying, you are great!“
PV Sindhu rushes to consol Tai Tzu-Ying
In a great show of sportsmanship, Indian shuttler PV Sindhu, who lost her semifinal to Tai before winning the bronze medal, rushed to console her fellow shuttler. Sharing the story, the second seed wrote that Sindhu’s ‘sincere encouragement’ following the loss left her in tears.
“Sharing a little story. After the match, I was not satisfied with my performance. Later, Sindhu ran over to hug me, held my face, and told me: I know you are uncomfortable, and you have been very good. Its kay, today was not your game. Then he held me in his arms and said: She knows all about it. That kind of sincere encouragement made me cry directly,” she writes on her Instagram post.
It is this display of sportsmanship that makes the Olympics a success. While we may not watch Tai playing at the quadrennial event, it was a treat to watch the Chinese Taipei shuttler go. Her immaculate cross-court drops and well-disguised smashes will remain the highlight of the tournament no matter the color of her medal.