Ace shuttler PV Sindhu, the only Indian in the Hong Open Super Series, will face Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-final match of the women's singles event here, on Friday.
At one point, in the second game, Sindhu was trailing but soon the Indian shuttler bounced back in style and matched the pace of her opponent.More news: Nassar pleads guilty to sexual assault charges: "I'm so horribly sorry"
It was a dominating performance by Tzu-Ying who displayed why she is the top-ranked player in the women's game now.
Over the next 44 minutes, Tai Tzu made Sindhu chase the game, on the scoreboard (the Indian could only open a 2-point advantage at 11-9 in the second game) and on the court with her wide repertoire of deceptive strokes. Get live score of PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying Hong Kong Open badminton final here. But a string of errors and a flawless display by Tai lead to Sindhu losing 5 straight points and the match itself. The last time triple World Championships medallist Sindhu won against Tai was in the opening round of the Rio Olympics. Sindhu then started to dominate the rallies by using her deep clears and drew the Taiwanese close to the net.More news: Ohio State QB JT Barrett leaves MI game with leg injury
However, two unforced errors again gave the lead back to Intanon. The loss meant that no Sindhu has a 3-8 head-to-head record against her. Can Sindhu break the jinx?
Sindhu had to put an extra effort and be patient in the second game as it was a more closely fought contest. Tai Tzu racing ahead now.More news: Up to seven coffees a day can stop an early death