TAI OVER­POW­ERS SINDHU IN HK OPEN FI­NAL

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

WORLD No. 3 Tai Tzu-ying won the women’s sin­gles at the Hong Kong Open yes­ter­day, dash­ing P.V. Sindhu’s hopes of back-to­back su­per­series ti­tles and aveng­ing her loss to the Olympic sil­ver medal­list in Rio. Sindhu, fresh from cap­tur­ing the China Open in Fuzhou last week, looked hes­i­tant as she strug­gled to match the pace of the Tai­wanese player, who un­leashed a mix of well-timed lobs and drop shots in her 2115, 21-17 vic­tory. “It was a good game over­all, but it was her day,” said Sindhu, who brushed off sug­ges­tions that her win at Fuzhou had left her drained in Hong Kong. “I’ll go back and train hard.” Tai cruised through the first game with rel­a­tive ease, re­main­ing cool as she con­trolled the con­test’s tempo and place­ment of the shut­tle­cock. Sindhu ral­lied in the sec­ond but was un­able to es­tab­lish a rhythm as Tai pulled away in the lat­ter half of the game. The 22-year-old stayed pa­tient dur­ing longer ral­lies as her op­po­nent strug­gled to reach shots and keep the shut­tle­cock in play. “I like to be easy dur­ing my matches. I don’t like to put too much pres­sure on my­self,” said Tai, who booked her ticket to the fi­nal a day ear­lier by beat­ing Rio gold medal­list Carolina Marin. Tai’s tri­umph in the Hong Kong Open marked her sec­ond su­per­series win of the sea­son af­ter clinch­ing the In­done­sia Open ti­tle in June.

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