PV Sindhu came up with a disappointing performance in the final of the Hong Kong Super Series to lose to Tai Tzu-Ying in straight games. Sindhu fought hard but could not find her range of strokes in an error-prone display to lose the final with a final scoreline of 21-18, 21-18 against the Taiwan based shuttler.
It was a dominating performance by Tzu-Ying who displayed why she is the top-ranked player in the women’s game currently. Sindhu went into the finals with many believing that she could upset the current World No.1 considering her blistering form throughout the tournament. Sindhu was in dominating form earlier, thrashing Ratchanok Intanon 21-17, 21-17 in the semi-finals to set up a final clash between the two top-ranked players in the women’s game.
The match was a repeat of the 2016 final in Hong Kong where again, the result went in Tai’s favour. She had beaten Sindhu 15-21, 17-21 in the final. Sindhu improved upon her performance from the previous season but it still wasn’t good enough to overcome the Taiwanese World No.1.
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. But a string of errors and a flawless display by Tai lead to Sindhu losing 5 straight points and the match itself.
Nonetheless, it was an impressive effort by Sindhu in the tournament which again reaffirms her status as one of the best players in the world. 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.