Battle of top seeds as PV Sindhu faces Tai Tzu Ying

PV Sindhu loses to Tai Tzu in Hong Kong Open Superseries final

India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu storms into semis of Hong Kong Super Series

But, her performance against Ratchanok Intanon has dispelled notions that she is struggling. PV sindhu lost the final game 18-21, 18-21 against Chinese Taipei, and it was apparent that it just wasn't her day, as Ying put on an exceptional show of gamesmanship.

Tai, however took a 18-15 lead.

The Hong Kong Open final between PV Sindhu and Tai Tzu Ying began with the Indian mishitting her first stroke; a simple return botched with the shuttle bouncing in front of her.

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The final match lasted for 44 minutes.

Sindhu will be eyeing her third Superseries title after wins in the India Open in New Delhi and in South Korea. Capitalising on a couple of unforced errors from Tai, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist, urged on by a vociferous and sizeable Indian crowd, equalised 18-all.

The match belonged to the Taiwanese shuttler from the start.

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Sindhu clawed back to level the score, but a long rally at 18-18 saw the string of her racquet broke. She drew the Taiwanese shuttler close to the net and then started placing the shuttles in hard positions for her. She holds a 7-3 head-to-head advantage against the Indian shuttler. Sindhu upped the ante to grab a 11-9 lead at the break. Tai Tzu racing ahead now. Tai Tzu stamped her authority by playing ruthless and aggressive badminton, making the most of acute angles.

In the second game, Sindhu fell behind early but fought back to 4-4 and 7-7.

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