Sindhu loses Hong Kong Open final

New Delhi : India’s star shuttler P.V. Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei in the final of the Hong Kong Open tournament on Sunday.

The fourth seed defeated Sindhu 21-15, 21-17 in a match which lasted around 40 minutes at the Hong Kong Coliseum – 1.

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This was Sindhu’s third appearance in a Superseries final. She lost the 2015 Denmark Open final, then went on to clinch the 2016 China Open crown just a week back.

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Tzu-Ying, the fourth seeded Chinese Taipei player who has beaten World No.1 Carolina Marin twice in two weeks, dominated the proceedings right from the start.

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Sindhu, who was in her prime form after winning silver in Rio Olympics, bounced back in style to make it 8-8. But soon Ying went on a roll to win the next seven consecutive points to reach 15-8.

And from then onwards, Sindhu couldn’t find her feet. As a result, the Hyderabadi shuttler lost the first game 15-21.

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In the second game, world no.9 Sindhu regained her composure and changed her strategy to overpower the Chinese Taipei shuttler. But Ting used her cross-court smashes and sliced drops to maximum effect to prevail over the Indian shuttler.

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In the last few points of the match, Sindhu gave a tough battle but it wasn’t enough. Sindhu failed to match the pace of her opponent and lost the the second game 17-21.

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