Battle of top seeds as PV Sindhu faces Tai Tzu Ying

Battle of top seeds as PV Sindhu faces Tai Tzu Ying

India's ace shuttler PV Sindhu entered the semi-finals of women's singles of Hong Kong Open Super Series after posting a straight-game win over Akane Yamaguchi of Japan here yesterday.

Tai on the other hand beat third seeded South Korea's Sung ji Hyun 21-9, 18-21, 21-7 in 52 minutes. The match lasted 35 minutes. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.

It was a dominating performance by Tzu-Ying who displayed why she is the top-ranked player in the women's game now.

She did gain a lead on Ying, but it was short lived, and even after giving a very good defense, she was unable to take back the game. "The 5'3" Tai Tzu then pulled off variations in pace and angles to stretch the lead to 7-2.

The match belonged to the Taiwanese shuttler from the start.




The Thai constructed another post with an angled shot to draw Sindhu near the court and then produced a victor on her backhand.

In the second game, Sindhu was left to deal with some indecision due to the sidewise drift which gave early advantage to Tai Tzu but the Indian levelled the score at 4-4 with a superb return at her rival's forehand.

Tai went to the mid-game break holding an 11-8 advantage.

Sindhu fought back brilliantly in the second game in what seemed to be a momentum changer in not only the game but the match as well.

The duo moved to 7-7 before Tai Tzu hit wide and lost a referral too.

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