World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) of Taiwan defended her Hong Kong Open badminton title on Sunday with a tight victory over India's Pusarla V. Sindhu.
The second-seed looked dominant throughout the match as she clinched a comfortable 21-12, 21-19 win over her Japanese opponent Yamaguchi in a one-sided quarterfinal contest that lasted just 37 minutes.
In their last meeting in the quarter-final of the Australian Open, Tai Tzu Ying had defeated PV Sindhu 10-21, 22-20,21-16 in a hard fought battle. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal.
In the first game, Sindhu displayed a substantially improved performance and played aggressively throughout which helped her to seal the issue.
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". In the second, Intanon had a 3-1 lead before Sindhu went ahead 5-4. Deceptive net returns and backhand smashes, coupled with unforced errors from Sindhu, allowed the Taiwanese to lead 18-14. The loss meant that no Sindhu has a 3-8 head-to-head record against her.
The duo moved to 7-7 before Tai Tzu hit wide and lost a referral too. Sindhu tried to catch Tai but the latter ran away the victor with a 21-18 victory in the second game.