Hong Kong Open: Sindhu, Sameer falter in final

P. V. Sindhu went down to World No. 3 Tai Tzu Ying 15-21 17-21 in her second Super Series final in two weeks.

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World No. 3 Tai Tzu Ying outclassed P. V. Sindhu for the fifth time.   -  AFP

World No. 3 Tai Tzu Ying stopped P. V. Sindhu winning her second Super Series title in two weeks with a 21-15 21-17 victory in the Hong Kong Open final.

Sindhu won her maiden Super Series title at the China Open on November 20. Despite trailing 3-4 head-to-head, Sindhu was tipped to win the final because of her good form. She'd cruised to the title clash beating Hong Kong's Yi Cheung Ngan 21-14 21-16.

But Taiwan's Tai Tzu, who defeated World No. 1 Carolina Marin en route to the final, was too quick for the Indian. Tai Tzu's swift movements and disguised drops gave her a 6-3 lead in the first game. Sindhu caught up at 6-6. But Tai Tzu surged to 15-8 and then let Sindhu score only seven more.

Though Sindhu led 4-1 in the second game, Tai Tzu scored five consecutive points to go up 5-4. Both alternated on the winners till the latter pulled away to 17-13. Sindhu couldn't catch up with the 22-year-old Taiwanese after.

"Good game overall. It was her day," said Sindhu after the match, "I played well but she played well at the net, she didn’t make any mistakes. There were good rallies. I’m happy with my performance. It’s okay, I’ll go back and train hard. It’s been a good two tournaments."

SAMEER MISSES OUT TOO

Sameer Verma missed a chance to win his maiden Super Series after losing 14-21, 21-10, 11-21 in a 50-minute final against NG Ka Long Angus.

Sameer had defeated World No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen in straight games to enter the final.

"Happy to reach final, didn’t expect to," said Sameer, "While playing him, in second game I was ready to move him around the court.

I got a bit tired in the third game after 11 points. Before the final, I was a bit nervous. I felt a bit of pressure today, but now now I’m confident of making the top ten. I felt tension because it’s my first final. I talked to (brother) Saurabh yesterday," he said.