Sindhu aims to book spot in semis of Hong Kong Open

Esther Moore
November 27, 2017

Asian champion Tai, who beat South Korean third seed Sung Ji-hyun 21-9, 18-21, 21-7 in 52 minutes in the other semi-final, will be aiming to win her fifth Superseries crown of 2017 after triumphing at All England, Malaysia, Singapore and France. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.

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. "The 5'3" Tai Tzu then pulled off variations in pace and angles to stretch the lead to 7-2.

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.

It was a dominating performance by Tzu-Ying who displayed why she is the top-ranked player in the women's game now. She drew the Taiwanese shuttler close to the net and then started placing the shuttles in hard positions for her.

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However, two unforced errors again gave the lead back to Intanon.

Tai, who had a healthy 7-3 advantage in career head-to-head records coming into this match against Sindhu, dominated the Indian from the beginning.

Tai held the edge for much of the first game before Sindhu rallied to tie it at 18, only for the Taiwanese to rattle off the final three points.

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

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