This is Tai's second Hong Kong Open Superseries title. That was some devastating combination of attack and deception from the World No. 3 and she fully deserved it! And with that, Sindhu's nine-match winning streak comes to an end!
FULL SCORE: 21-15, 21-17 win for Tai
As the Indian finds the net, Tai wins 21-17.
Sindhu saves one with some fantastic retrieving skills.
However Sindhu's joy is short-lived. Tai now up 20-16 with four match points in hand.
POINT OF THE MATCH!!!!! Sindhu goes for angular attacking shots and wins a 32-shot rally for 16-18
Sindhu is trying her best to reduce the deficit and has made it 15-17
Tai is running away now. Up 17-13
Sindhu got to 12-13 but finds the net in her rush to return. Tai up 15-12 and is looking to widen the gap.
Tai has come back with an attacking mode and it is Sindhu now who is erring. Tai up 12-11
A hasty smash from Tai lands long and understandably the Taipei shuttler looks dejected. Sindhu up 11-10 at the interval.
Sindhu forces an error from Tai and they are now 10-10
The touches are so good from Tai and they are preventing Sindhu from running away with a lead even when she gets one. Currently, they are all square at 9-9
Tai keeps on cleverly mixing up her game with some brilliant disguise but Sindhu is also staying with her through her array of attacking shots. Now Sindhu is up 7-6
Brilliant footwork from Tai and they are level at 4-4
Sindhu showing some excellent defence early in the second game but miscues a shot for 4-2.
Sindhu is returning better and is currently up 3-1
Sindhu really needs to up her attacking game and prevent the fourth seed from allowing her deceptive net game to work.
Sindhu's shot lands wide and the former champion has taken the first game 21-15.
Sindhu's high smash finds the net and Tai is up 19-14
Sindhu makes the Taipei player run to the backcourt and miss a no-look backhand to get back one point for 12-18. And the Indian looks to have freed up a bit and has made it 14-18 now.
Once more, Tai hurting Sindhu with a wondrous backhand volley to go up 17-10. She has extended the lead to 18-11
Sindhu finally stops Tai's march with an attacking smash and is now 10-15
Tai's deceptive game is hurting the Indian badly here. She is making Sindhu run all over the court and finishing the point beautifully with a gentle drop. The former champion is now up 14-8
some excellent retrieving by both players but it is the fourth seed who comes up with a rally-winning angular forehand shot for 11-8
The lead has switched to Tai's side after Sindhu's shot finds the net. Tai up 9-8
A high smash goes Sindhu's way and she is now in front, 8-7
Sindhu levelled at 6-6 but Tai keeps on targeting the corners. She is up now 7-6.
After a string of errors, the Indian gets a point back by gently letting the shuttle drop on Tai's side of the court and she is now 5-6.
Superb all-court movement from both currently and they are smartly varying the height of the shuttle to confuse the other. The match is definitely heating up. It's Tai who is up 5-3 now
A grave return error by Tai and the Indian goes up 3-2
great down-the-line winner by Tai and she is up 2-1
Tai starts with an error. Sindhu up 1-0
Good morning and welcome to the Sportskeeda Liveblog of the Hong Kong Open Final. PV Sindhu, the current India No. 1, has been in sizzling form and is now on a nine-match winning streak after winning the China Open last Sunday.
At the Hong Kong Open, the 21-year-old has dropped a game just once in four matches. She now seeks a back-to-back Superseries title but the task will not be that easy. Her opponent - the fourth seed and current World No. 3 Tai Tzu Ying has a 4-3 winning head-to-head record over her. But the Indian can take inspiration from their last showdown at the Rio Olympics which went Sindhu's way. She defeated the Chinese Taipei shuttler in straight games in that match and would definitely like to repeat that.