Another event and another second place for Indian badminton queen Pusarla Venkata Sindhu. The Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist lost to An Seyoung of Korea 21-16, 21-12 in 39 minutes in the clash atop the 2021 BWF World Tour final in Bali.
The Korean was dominant from the start and played aggressively in both matches. Sindhu, on the other hand, stood in stark contrast to who she was by beating Akane Yamaguchi in the semifinals. Sindhu looked tired to be honest. This aggression when she screamed while winning a point disappeared for the 39 minutes. Watch the highlights of the Sindhu vs Seyoung final match here.
13:13 HIST: Game 2 An Seyoung 21-12 PV Sindhu – Match over
An Seyoung wins three match points to claim the title in 39 minutes. Historical achievement.
13:13 HIST: Game 2 An Seyoung 18-10 PV Sindhu
An Seyoung has improved over the past three weeks. She has better shots than before and looks set to claim the title here. If she wins today, it will be three singles titles for the Korean in three weeks.
1:08 PM HIST: Game 2 An Seyoung 10-7 VP Sindhu
How the hell can we stop An Seyoung. She’s fast, she’s fast, she’s technically right and she’s young. Sindhu struggles to find a winner against the Korean.
1:03 p.m. IST: Game 2 An Seyoung 6-6 VP Sindhu
Sindhu wins one and loses one in the challenge. There is only one left for Sindhu. Scores level at 6-6.
12:59 IST: game 2 An Seyoung 3-2 PV Sindhu
A few goals gave An Seyoung the advantage in the second game. Sindhu started the game with two consecutive points.
12:58 p.m. IST: An Seyoung wins match 1 21-16
That’s it. Korea’s An Seyoung wins Game 1 21-16 in just 18 minutes.
12:56 p.m. IST: match 1: An Seyoung 20-16 PV Sindhu
Superb angled attack from Sindhu. Its size also gives it an advantage over the Koreas.
12:50 IST: Thu 1 – An Seyoung 19-12 PV Sindhu
Four straight points for Sindhu.
12:50 IST: Thu 1 – An Seyoung 18-9 PV Sindhu
Korean An Seyoung is unstoppable. She gets her reflexes in focus and in total balance.
12:47 IST: match 1 – An Seyoung 16-8 PV Sindhu
Two quick points fr Sindhu. But she is guilty of making unforced errors.
12:40 HIST: Game 1 – An Seyoung 9-4 PV Sindhu
An Seyoung is clearly giving Sindhu a hard time. The Korean occupied Sndhu with long exchanges. Four points in a row for An Seyoung. Sindhu is due to return to the game soon.
12:38 HIST: Game 1 – An Seyoung 4-1 PV Sindhu
What a start for the teenager. The Korean immediately takes a 4-1 lead
12:34 IST: launch
Both players are ready. An Seyoung (in red) won the toss and chose the end of the pitch. A Seyoung to serve
12:27 IST: The big game
Here are PV Sindhu from India and An Seyoung from Korea. Play to start soon.
12:23 IST: the women’s singles final is approaching
It’s PV Sindhu against Korean Au Seyoung
11:58 am IST: update
In mixed doubles, Thai pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai beat Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino 21-19, 21-7 in the final.
11:47 IST: update
Meanwhile, in women’s doubles, Koreans Kim Soyeong and Kong Heeyong beat Japanese pair Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida 21-14, 21-14 in the opening match of the day.
11:24 am IST: PV Sindhu in 2021
Indonesian Open – Semi-final
Indonesia Masters – Semi-final
Roland-Garros – Semi-final
Danish Open – Quarter-final
Tokyo Olympic Games – Bronze
All England Championships – Semi-final
Swiss Open – Finalist
BWF World Tour 2020 Finals – Round 3
Thailand Open – Quarter-final
Thailand Open – Round of 16
11:06 am IST: Hello and welcome
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the PV Sindhu vs Au Seyoung women’s singles summit clash in the 2021 BWF World Tour Final in Bali. That’s a big word for the Indian and the world number 7 is yet to win a title this year, baring Olympic bronze in Tokyo.
PV Sindhu is in good shape at the Bali tournament. The best players in the world can fight any day. A lot depends on how they play that day and how they react to situations. Sindhu has shown both skill and mental toughness in Indonesia.
Sindhu won a tough semi-final match against Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the 2021 BWF World Tour final. Sindhu, the reigning world champion and two-time Olympic medalist, defeated Yamaguchi 21-15 15-21 21-19 in a fight that lasted an hour and 10 minutes.
It remains to be seen how quickly Sindhu will recover from this disputed semi-final on Saturday and stay fit for Sunday’s final clash.
PV Sindhu’s opponent on Sunday is an exciting Korean. An Seyoung is ranked sixth in the world (Sindhu is No.7) and has a 2-0 win-loss record against Sindhu. In the semi-final in Bali, An Seyoung defeated Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 25-23, 21-17.
In the previous two meetings, An Seyoung has beaten Sindhu in consecutive matches. Their most recent match was at the Danish Open in October. The Korean defeated Sindhu 21-11, 21-12. In the same tournament in 2019, Seyoung beat Sindhu 21-14 and 21-17.
Sunday’s game will therefore be a grudge match for PV Sindhu, who won the BWF World Tour Finals title in 2018.