PV Sindhu wins silver medal in BWF World Tour Finals

BALI: India’s best badminton player P V Sindhu was forced to settle for a silver medal at the BWF World Tour Finals after losing to Korean teen sensation An Seyoung in the final on Sunday.

Sindhu, the reigning world champion and two-time Olympic medalist, was unable to match the world number six Korean’s speed or penetrate his defence, losing 16-21 12-21 in a 40-minute lopsided match.
It was Sindhu’s third straight loss to the Korean in as many meetings.

An Seyoung became the first South Korean woman to win the season-ending title with this victory.
It was also her third consecutive victory in Bali, after victories at the Indonesia Masters and Indonesia Open in the previous two weeks.

Sindhu, who was making her third final appearance in the year-end tournament, appeared to be a pale shadow of the player who had won the title in 2018 to become the first Indian woman to do so.
Sindhu appeared to be at a loss for words when facing the 19-year-old Korean. She was unable to mount an offensive game or utilise the entire court.

At the nets, An Seyoung appeared more polished, and she rode on the strength of her strokes. With her quick movement, she made some spectacular full-stretch diving saves, thwarting Sindhu’s game plan.

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After a shaky start, the Indians were forced to fight a tough battle after falling behind 0-4.

Sindhu scored her first points with a cross-court return after a good rally. She tried to close the gap by rallying against her opponent, but An Seyoung was quicker on her feet and had better anticipation, so she was always one step ahead.
After resumption, the Korean increased his lead to 16-8. Sindhu attempted to close the gap with a few strong points, but the Korean was able to score eight game points.

Sindhu saved four game points by putting pressure on her opponent’s backhand, and the Korean sent one long as well. An Seyoung, on the other hand, ended the first game with a body return.

The second game began evenly, with Sindhu taking a 5-4 lead for the first time, but the quick Korean quickly reclaimed the lead after the Indian went long twice.

As she was relentless in the rallies, the teen shuttler quickly extended her lead to 10-6, sending everything back to Sindhu. At the break, she led 11-8 after a razor-sharp return on her opponent’s forehand.

An Seyoung continued to dominate after the break, galloping to a 15-8 lead with another outstanding full dive return.
An Seyoung snatched up a whopping ten match points in a flash. As the Korean cheered, Sindhu saved two shots before sending one into the net.

Sindhu will defend her title at the World Championships, which begin on December 12 in Huelva, Spain.

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