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.
Indonesia Open 2019 Final, PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi Highlights:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Indonesia Final LIVE
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indonesian Open final. Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu features against Akane Yamaguchi from Japan with the World No. 5 hoping to end her title drought this season with the title in Jakarta. Follow live score and updates of the match here.