PV Sindhu defeated in Hong Kong Super Series final

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But it was not to be as Tai took her third Hong Kong Open title, having also won the tournament in 2014. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal - other being Saina Nehwal.

Sindhu has reached third Superseries finals in 2017 (apart from the Hong Kong).

It was Tai's fourth straight win over Sindhu (including last year's Hong Kong Open final) since she was knocked off by the Indian world No. 3 at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

In the first game, Sindhu displayed a substantially improved performance and played aggressively throughout which helped her to seal the issue.

The second game started off as a seesaw affair and was knotted at 12-apiece when Tai ran off six consecutive points to put the game and the match out of reach. She drew the Taiwanese shuttler close to the net and then started placing the shuttles in hard positions for her. Deceptive net returns and backhand smashes, coupled with unforced errors from Sindhu, allowed the Taiwanese to lead 18-14. Sindhu tried to battle it out later in the game and managed to level the score at 18-18.

In the opening game Tai unleashed her wide range of strokes to lead 3-0 and then 7-2. Tai Tzu racing ahead now. Can Sindhu break the jinx?

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.

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