Taipei-World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying (???) of Taiwan defended her Hong Kong Open badminton title on Sunday with a tight victory over India's Pusarla V. Sindhu.
In a rematch of last year's final, Tai topped her Indian opponent 21-18, 21-18 in a match that lasted 45 minutes.
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.
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 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.
Sindhu had been hopeful she would change the result from the 2016 Hong Kong Open and get the best of Tai this year, saying on Saturday: "I think my level is about 90 to 100 percent and I am confident. Overall, I'm a better player, both mentally and physically, than last year, and I hope to have a good match in the final."
But it was not to be as Tai took her third Hong Kong Open title, having also won the tournament in 2014.
It was also her fifth Superseries championship event win in 2017, after winning the All England Open, Malaysia Open, Singapore Open and French Open earlier in the year, and further consolidated her standing as the top-ranked women's badminton player in the world.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel