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Indonesia Open Final Highlights: PV Sindhu finishes runner-up, goes down to Akane Yamaguchi in final

Indonesia Open 2019 Final, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi Highlights: PV Sindhu went down to Akane Yamaguchi in Indonesia Open final.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: July 21, 2019 5:03:32 pm
Indonesia Open 2019 Final Live, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi: Sindhu eyes first title of the season

Indonesia Open 2019 Final, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi Highlights: P V Sindhu’s hopes of breaking a seven-month title drought came crashing down as the Indian lost in straight games to Akane Yamaguchi in the finals of Indonesia Open BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament here Sunday.

Seven months after becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals in December, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu had an opportunity to finally lay her hands on another crown only to squander, losing 15-21 16-21 to the Japanese in a lop-sided summit clash that lasted 51 minutes here.

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Indonesia Open 2019 Final, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi Highlights:

15:04 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Sindhu settles for silver

PV Sindhu settles for silver at Indonesia Open after going down 15-21, 16-21 to Akane Yamaguchi in women's singles final.  Yamaguchi deserved this win, she completely dominated the final, despite Sindhu's feeble attempts to make a comeback.

14:50 (IST)21 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 15-18 Yamaguchi

A fight by Sindhu with Yamaguchi having hurt her knees. The break should help the Indian to regroup a bit as she trails 15-18, having lost the first

14:42 (IST)21 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 11-16 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi wins the longest rally of the match (51 shots) as Sindhu misjudges a cross court toss from her opponent. The Japanese leads 16-11 in the second game

14:37 (IST)21 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 8-11 Yamaguchi

Sindhu goes into the second interval trailing Yamaguchi by three points. Currently, the Japanese has complete control of the game. Sindhu needs to find a way to make another comeback

14:27 (IST)21 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 5-8 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi continues to attack in the second game and is trying to keep Sindhu away from the net. The plan is working so far. It’s 8-5 to the Japanese.

14:26 (IST)21 Jul 2019
2nd game: Sindhu 4-4 Yamaguchi

The second game of women's singles has the same start as that of the opening game with Sindhu losing the first few points. However, she makes a comeback to level the game at 4-4. Sindhu needs to win this game in order to take it into decider or it's game over

14:22 (IST)21 Jul 2019
1ST GAME: SINDHU 15-21 YAMAGUCHI

Yamaguchi wins nine straight points to snatch the lead back from Sindhu and win the opening game. The Japanese finalist comes from 8-12 down to win the first game 21-15.

14:17 (IST)21 Jul 2019
1st game: Sindhu 14-14 Yamaguchi

It’s tight as ever as we approach the end of the first game. Nothing to separate Sindhu and Yamaguchi right now. It’s 14-14.

14:11 (IST)21 Jul 2019
1st game: Sindhu 11-8 Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu fights back after giving away initial points, goes into the first interval with three-points lead. She wins three straight points to take the lead. The Olympic silver medallist needs to maintain the lead after the break

14:07 (IST)21 Jul 2019
1st game: Sindhu 8-8 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is attacking Sindhu’s backhand side more and trying to put her under pressure. But Sindhu has been up to the challenge so far and has started really well. It’s 8-8 in the first game.

14:04 (IST)21 Jul 2019
1st game: Sindhu 5-3 Yamaguchi

What a comeback by Sindhu! Four back-to-back points for the Indian shuttler as she snatches the lead from Yamaguchi with a mix of some sharp shots. 

14:01 (IST)21 Jul 2019
1st game: Sindhu 1-3 Yamaguchi

PV Sindhu wins the first point of the final after giving away three points. The Indian shuttler now needs to find her groove and control the initial damage before it is too late.

13:58 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Match underway, Sindhu gives away silly points

The women's singles final between Sindhu and Yamaguchi is now underway. Not a good start at all for the Indian shuttler at all. It starts with a beautiful rally before Sindhu lets the shuttle drop, misjudging the line. Sindhu loses the first two points in a similar, ridiculous fashion.

13:55 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Sindhu takes court

The players are out on the court. Match to start anytime now. This is the 15th time the two shuttlers are meeting each other. 

13:48 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Women's doubles final is over

Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota have won the all-Japanese women's doubles final. Medal ceremony underway. Sindhu to take the court any moment now

13:28 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Gopichand on Sindhu's defence

National coach Pullela Gopichand said Sindhu’s defence, which frustrated Chen who was hoping the Indian could be ruffled, was the key. “She looked solid and in control. She’s physically in good shape and of course, the defence in the second game was fantastic – something which has really helped her be solid and crack Chen Yufei,” he said. “Overall, a fantastic victory. I think she played well both yesterday and today. The way she’s playing, hopefully we’ll have a good final tomorrow,” he added.

13:13 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Pre-Olympic year

Sindhu won’t be too fussed about the lack of titles in the pre-Olympic year – she’s always stepped up at the prestigious medal events, and will be content with the China, Korea, India and World Tour Finals titles she’s collected in her career. But Indonesia would be a nice box to tick.

13:07 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Sindhu after yesterday's semifinal:

“It is the first final this year so I hope I don’t miss out on the opportunity and can get the gold. Ups and downs are always there. I have learnt from my mistakes and have come back much stronger,” said Sindhu

12:57 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Indonesia special place for Indian shuttlers

Indonesia has a bit of a charm for Indians as Saina Nehwal has won the title three times (from four finals) – India’s first Super Series crown coming 10 years ago. Moreover, Sindhu’s first serious title in seniors – a Grade 4 event – had come at Surabaya in 2011.

12:51 (IST)21 Jul 2019
Sindhu up next

The all-Japanese women's doubles final between Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi vs Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota has begun. Sindhu is up next in women's singles final.

Sindhu, who has been struggling a bit this season, showed her brilliance once again as she saw off world no 3 Chen 21-19 21-10 to enter her first final of the season. The World no 5 Indian, who reached the semifinals at Singapore and India Open this year, thus set up a summit clash with Japan's fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu holds a 10-4 advantage over Yamaguchi, whom she has beaten in the last four meetings.