How PV Sindhu missed out on winning her second Super Series in HongKong

Thanks to an injury recovering Saina Nehwal, Sindhu almost had an open draw to win Hong Kong Super Series to add to her victory in China Thaihot Super Series, well almost. Sindhu had to face the winner of Tai Tzu Ying (highest prize winner for 2016) and Carolina Marin, the crafty left-handed Olympic Champion. Tai Tzu who hinges her game on deception play overcame Marin, rather easily in the semi-finals. It was Tai Tzu Ying, the Taiwanese against Sindhu in the finals. Last time these two players met in Rio, with Sindhu winning the match without creating much noise. However, the story played out differently this time!

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Match Analysis : PV Sindhu vs Tai Tzu Ying – Hong Kong Super Series 2016 Finals 15-21, 17-21
Match Progress

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The score tracker shows how Tai Tzu stepped up her game around the mid-way mark and PV was never able to fully catch up. Tai Tzu particularly stronger at the longer rallies with her winning almost 70% of 15 shot+ rallies.

Tai Tzu’s surprising serve strategy : She never put 1 short serve in the 1st game

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The red bars represent Tai Tzu’s long serve and green her short serves. She had a clear strategy to use mainly the long serves; only once she was breathing distance from the finish line does she experiment with short serves. PV on the other hand mixed her serves between long and short serves.

Smash Strategy

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Here is the smash map of both the players. Out of 41 smashes, PV wins points only off 9 smashes; Tai Tzu on the other hand wins poins off 19/38 smashes. From the trajectory of smashes, we noticed that Tai Tzu never smashed to PV’s body / centre court; tasting more success while smashing to PV’s backhand side.

Tai Tzu has targeted PV at the net

On the other hand, PV has put way too many shots to Tai Tzu’s mid-court playing to her strengths and giving her time to play her shots.

  PV Receives TTY Receives
Front Court 38% 25%
Mid Court 41% 53%
Back Court 22% 21%

How did we get all this data?

Watch the video and record data shot by shot. A painstaking process but reveals so much more about the beautiful, fast sport of badminton. To understand how data changes the way you interpret matches, check out SMASH DASH

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