PV Sindhu loses Hong Kong Open final, but wins accolades for her fighting spirit

PV Sindhu won the China Open a week ago, becoming the third non-Chinese to clinch the title in 30 years.

Badminton star PV Sindhu on Sunday failed to win her second Super Series title as she went down 21-15,21-17 to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in the women’s singles final of Hong Kong Open.

Sindhu, who won the silver medal in Rio Olympics, started off well against her opponent despite the latter taking a lead in the first set. After the scores were tied 6-6, Ying extended her lead to 17-11 after the Indian shuttler misjudged few backhand returns from the rival.

Sindhu, currently ranked nine in the world, made a strong comeback with the help of some brilliant smashes, but could not stop Ying from winning the first set 21-15. The Chinese opponent has defeated Rio Olympics gold medallist and world no 1 Carolina Marin twice in the past two weeks. Her dominance was evident as she was on top of her game throughout the match.

Known for her ability to fight back in the game, Sindhu took an early 4-2 lead in  the second game against Ying. a close game ensued between the two shuttlers with the former leading 11-10 at the interval. However, Ying once again proved to be too good for Sindhu as she not only built a 13-11 lead after breaking the Indian opponent. Sindhu tried her best but ended up on the losing side.

Sindhu had booked the final berth after defeating Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in the semifinal on Saturday. She edged past the local shuttler 21-14, 21-16 to make it to the second Super Series finale in as many weeks. Since clinching the silver at the 2016 Rio Games, Sindhu has been in prime form. She won the China Open a week ago, becoming the third non-Chinese to achieve the feat in the last 30 years.