P. V. Sindhu went down combating in opposition to World No. Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan within the opening Group ‘B’ ladies’s singles match of the USD 1.5 million HSBC BWF World Tour Finals right here on Wednesday.
Per week after a demoralising defeat on the Toyota Thailand Open quarterfinals, Sindhu produced a a lot improved efficiency however misplaced 21-19, 12-21, 17-21 in a 59-minute contest. It was Sindhu’s 16th defeat to Tzu Ying in 21 conferences.
Sindhu, who had received the celebrated title in 2018, will subsequent play dwelling favorite Ratchanok Intanon, who had handed her a humiliating defeat final week.
The opening recreation was an in depth one. Tzu Ying managed to remain forward for essentially the most half however Sindhu saved respiratory down her neck earlier than reeling off 4 factors on the trot to assert the sport. Tzu Ying led 5-Three early on earlier than grabbing a 11-Eight benefit on the interval as Sindhu misplaced a couple of factors on the web.
After the break, Tzu Ying jumped to a 14-10 lead with Sindhu making an error in her judgment at backline. The Taiwanese produced a backhand cross-court return.
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Sindhu drew parity at 16-16 with a run of factors, highlighted by a crisp cross courtroom slice and a backhand return. Tzu Ying once more moved forward however two exact smash helped the Indian make it 19-19 as she grabbed the sport level with one other exact return that kissed the backline. Sindhu then performed a cross-court return on the web which her opponent couldn’t attain to achieve the higher hand within the match.
Tzu Ying got here out all weapons blazing to seize a 6-Zero lead within the second recreation. Sindhu managed to cut back the deficit to 3-7 earlier than the Taiwanese unleased a few drops and a smash to make it 9-4. Two unforced errors from Sindhu handed a 11-Four benefit to her rival on the break. Tzu Ying continued to exert strain on the Indian to maneuver to 19-9 earlier than profitable the second recreation with a cross-court return to stage the match.
Within the decider, Tzu Ying once more led 6-Three however she stumbled to some defensive errors as Sindhu once more levelled the rating 6-6 with a smash. Nevertheless, Tzu Ying held a 11-9 lead on the break after Sindhu made one other error in her judgement on the backline. After the change of sides, Sindhu managed to maintain the two-point distinction until 13-15 earlier than a fortunate web twine and a weak return on the web by Sindhu gave Tzu Ying a 17-13 lead.
Sindhu once more narrowed it to 16-18 after which 17-19 earlier than Tzu Ying grabbed three match factors with the Indian going to the web. Tzu Ying sealed it with one other return from Sindhu going to web.
The delayed season finale, with a prize cash of USD 1.5 million, options solely the highest gamers in males’s and ladies’s singles and eight pairs within the three doubles occasions, divided into group phases. It will likely be adopted by the knockout, with the highest two gamers/pairs from every group making it to the semifinals.