India’s PV Sindhu stormed into the singles final of the $400,000 Hong Kong Open Superseries on Saturday, beating Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who also happens to be former World Badminton Champion, in two straight sets.
In the game which lasted for 43 minutes, the Indian shuttler was able to beat her opponent 21-17, 21-17 at the Hong Kong Coliseum. This win is Sindhu’s only second win against Intanon in six clashes.
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In the final, Sindhu is up against World Number 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of China Taipei. Tai Tzu Ying moved past South Korean third seed Sung ji Hyun 21-9, 18-21, 21-7 in 52 minutes.
Last year too, the finalists were the same and it was Ying who emerged victorious out of the two. Tai enjoys a healthy 7-3 advantage in career head-to-head records.
Sindhu has now reached the third final in the Superseries meets for the year. She has already won in India and South Korea.
Earlier, Sindhu had beaten Japanese’ Akane Yamaguchi in the quarter-final encounter to surge through to the semis. She beat her 21-12, 21-19 to wrap the match in 36 minutes. The silver-medalist from Hyderabad had slipped to the number 3 spot in the rankings but had looked in supreme touch in this tournament.
In the mixed doubles final, the Danish pair of Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen beat Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota from Japan in two sets – 21-15, 22-20- to book their place in the final.