PV Sindhu is in sensational form of late, which has also helped her reach the Hong Kong Open 2016 final, where she will meet Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying on Sunday. The final is expected to be a cracker, with both shuttlers known for their offensive display.
Sindhu might have been consistent in the competition, but one thing is for sure, the Indian shuttler has not faced any big name in the Hong Kong Open so far. Fourth seed Sindhu did not face any seeded player in the competition, en route to the final. Tai Tzu will be her biggest test in the competition, and Sindhu has to come with her best performance to win her second Super Series title.
However, the quality of badminton, which Sindhu has put in the competition has been masterclass, defeating players with ease. It is not only this Super Series, where she has looked good, but Sindhu also emerged victorious in the China Open last week. Hence, Sindhu will not be short of confidence when she faces Tai Tzu, who defeated Carolina Marin to set up a date with the Indian in the final.
Tai Tzu played some astounding badminton in the semi-finals to oust the top seed from the competition. She won 21-17, 14-21, 21-16. So, Tai Tzu will also be confident after her win, which makes the final even more interesting. When two in-form players come into the final with such confidence, the final should be a close contest.
Even Sindhu's head-to-head record with Tai Tzu is extremely close. The Chinese Taipei player has emerged victorious four times while Sindhu has won thrice. Sindhu will take inspiration from her last massive win in the Rio Olympics, defeating Tai Tzu, who has a huge chance to take revenge for that loss, which might egg her to deliver A game in the final.
Sindhu will hope that she can come up with another brilliant game against Tai Tzu to win her back-to-back Super Series title. Sindhu's forte has always been her aggressive performance in the badminton circuit, and one can expect the same from the China Open 2016 winner.
If Tai Tzu fails to stop her from drilling those powerful smashes, it might be difficult to stop Sindhu from winning the title. Make no mistake, Tai Tzu is an experienced player, who can take the game to Sindhu, and emerge victorious.
Where to watch live
PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying Hong Kong Open 2016 final is scheduled to start at 2 pm local time (11:30 am IST). Here are the Tv and live streaming options.
India: TV: Star Sports4/HD. Live streaming: Hotstar
International viewers can also click here for live streaming