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Sindhu Eases Into Hong Kong Open Final

27 November 2017

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. Still, Sindhu didn't accept defeat until the very end, and was dedicated to do her best, even though Ying had her on backfoot from the very beginning. It was going to be that sort of a day.

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The second-seed looked dominant throughout the match as she clinched a comfortable 21-12, 21-19 win over her Japanese opponent Yamaguchi in a one-sided quarterfinal contest that lasted just 37 minutes. Sindhu went into the finals with many believing that she could upset the current World No.1 considering her blistering form throughout the tournament.

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Sindhu came out on strong in the second game and tried to play her shots. The last time triple World Championships medallist Sindhu won against Tai was in the opening round of the Rio Olympics. And she almost delivered too, despite struggles with strings, drift and referrals. She went on to gain an early lead of 11-8 in the first game. She used her reach to catch the shuttle early and placed it in hard positions to narrow the deficit to 6-7.

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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. Tai Tzu racing ahead now. But she still has some ways to go before she catches up to Tai Tzu-Ying and seriously challenges her for the World No.1 spot. Sindhu upped the ante to grab a 11-9 lead at the break.

Sindhu Eases Into Hong Kong Open Final