PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying, Hong Kong Open badminton final highlights: Sindhu loses
PV Sindhu suffered an 18-21, 18-21 loss to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles final of the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying Hong Kong Open badminton final here.Updated: Nov 26, 2017, 14:18 IST
PV Sindhu suffered an 18-21, 18-21 loss to World No.1, top seed and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in he Hong Kong Open tournament. Asian champion Tai, who beat South Korean third seed Sung Ji-hyun 21-9, 18-21, 21-7 in 52 minutes in the other semi-final, has won her fifth Superseries crown of 2017 after triumphing at All England, Malaysia, Singapore and France. Get highlights of PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying Hong Kong Open badminton final here.
14:14 hrs IST: It is all over. Tai Tzu Ying wins 21-18, 21-18 against PV Sindhu in the final of the Hong Kong Open. The match lasted 44 minutes. No revenge for Sindhu for her loss in 2016.
14:08 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying closing in on the title. She is leading 18-12. Sindhu looking deflated.
14:05 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying has taken a 13-12 lead in the second game. Things slipping away from Sindhu.
14:04 hrs IST: 11-11 in the second game. This is a crucial point in the match. A loss in momentum will hurt both players.
14:01 hrs IST: Sindhu has taken the lead in the second game but she is unable to extend the advantage. Tai Tzu Ying is maintaining the pressure.
13:57 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying bounces back and erases the deficit as she takes a 6-5 lead.
13:54 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying has taken a 4-3 lead in the second game. The Chinese Taipei world number one puts a smash just wide of the left court.
13:52 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying takes a 2-1 lead in the second game. Slight lapse in judgment from Sindhu.
13:50 hrs IST: Another successful challenge from Tai Tzu Ying and she takes the first game 21-18. Sindhu fought hard but the world number one simply too strong.
13:48 hrs IST: Another brilliant smash from Tai Tzu Ying and she takes a 20-18 lead. Game point.
13:47 hrs IST: Stirring comeback from Sindhu as she draws level. 18-18 in the first game.
13:46 hrs IST: A couple of unforced errors from Tai Tzu Ying and Sindhu has closed the gap.
13:45 hrs IST: Sindhu is trying to stage a comeback but Tai Tzu Ying maintains a three-point lead.
13:43 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying is using the net brilliantly and capitalising on the smash well. However, the Indian shuttler responds with a ripping cross court smash on the right side.
13:42 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying is really capitalising on her powerful smashes as she takes a 15-12 lead in the first game
13:39 hrs IST: A superb overhead smash and a weak return from Sindhu helps Tai Tzu Ying extend her advantage to five points in the first game. Tai currently leads 13-8.
13:38 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying is up 11-8 heading into the mini-break. Sindhu will be aiming to stage a strong comeback.
13:36 hrs IST: A ripping forehand smash down the left side of court from Tai and Sindhu can only find the net. The two-point gap remains.
13:35 hrs IST: The shuttle bounces off the net and Sindhu is unable to get to it. Tai Tzu Ying still maintains the two-point lead . Currently, she is up 8-6.
13:33 hrs IST: Sindhu bounces back in style as she wins a couple of points to narrow the deficit. She trails 4-7.
13:32 hrs IST: Oh dear, a good rally is spiled by yet another Sindhu unforced error and Tai Tzu Ying takes a 7-2 lead.
13:30 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying successfully challenges the umpire’s call and she races away to a 6-2 lead in the first game.
13:29 hrs IST: Sindhu finally gets on the board as Tai Tzu Ying slams a couple of forehand smashes wide of the court.
13:28 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying opens the serve and she races away to a 3-0 lead, thanks to a couple of unforced errors from Sindhu and a smash down the left court from Tai.
13:26 hrs IST: Both players are out on the court. We are all set for this epic clash.
13:19 hrs IST: In the 2016 final, Sindhu had lost 14-21, 16-21 to Tai Tzu Ying. Can she extract revenge or will Tai, the current world number one, continue her magnificent form?
13:09 hrs IST: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo beat Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding 21-12, 21-18 to clinch the Hong Kong open men’s doubles title. All eyes will be on PV Sindhu and her summit clash with Tai Tzu Ying.
13:02 hrs IST: The second game in the men’s doubles is evenly poised. They are leading 13-12 but their Danish opponents are putting up a tough fight.
12:51 hrs IST: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo win the first game 21-12 against Mads Conrad-Petersen-Mads Pieler Kolding in the Men’s Doubles.
12:43 hrs IST: There has been criticism in the recent past that Sindhu’s fatigue has resulted in staleness in her game. But, her performance against Ratchanok Intanon has dispelled notions that she is struggling.
12:24 hrs IST: Tai Tzu Ying had defeated PV Sindhu in the 2016 final of the Hong Kong Open. She holds a 7-3 head-to-head advantage against the Indian shuttler. Can Sindhu break the jinx?
12:17 hrs IST: Zheng Siwei-Yaqiong Huang beat Mathias Christiansen-Christinna Pedersen 21-15, 21-13 to clinch mixed doubles title. The match lasted 35 minutes.
Sindhu will be eyeing her third Superseries title after wins in the India Open in New Delhi and in South Korea. Sindhu has her task cut out in the final in Hong Kong as she has a 3-7 career record against the Chinese Taipei opponent.
World No.1 Tai has won the last three meetings between them, including two this year. The last time triple World Championships medallist Sindhu won against Tai was in the opening round of the Rio Olympics.