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PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi, BWF World Tour Finals Highlights: Yamaguchi beats PV Sindhu 18-21, 21-18, 21-8

PV Sindhu lost momentum in the third game and Japan's Akane Yamaguchi triumphed at the BWF World Tour FInals.

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PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi, BWF World Tour Finals Highlights: Yamaguchi beats PV Sindhu 18-21, 21-18, 21-8
  • PV Sindhu has been placed in Group A alongside Chen Yu Fei, He Bing Jiao and Akane Yamaguchi

  • The Indian has qualified for the season-ending tournament by virtue of the World Championship gold medal

  • Sindhu holds a positive head-to-head record against Yamaguchi - who she will face first

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19:52 (ist)

PREVIEW

Preview to PV Sindhu and the BWF World Tour Finals just months after her maiden World Championships title. 

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Dec 11, 2019 - 21:27 (IST)

Goodbye!

Join us tomorrow for our continued coverage of the BWF World Tour Finals. PV Sindhu takes on Chen Yufei tomorrow. It is the third match after a 6 PM local start (3.30 PM IST) so expect the players to be on court after 6 PM Indian time.

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:25 (IST)

Women's singles results from Day 1 at BWF World Tour Finals

Nozomi Okuhara beat Tai Tzu Ying 15-21, 21-18, 21-19

Ratchanok Intanon beat Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-4, 21-16

Chen Yufei beat He Bing Jiao 21-9, 21-18

Akane Yamaguchi beat PV Sindhu 18-21, 21-18, 21-8

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:22 (IST)

Men's singles results from Day 1 at BWF World Tour Finals

Chen Long beat Axelsen 21-17, 10-21, 21-17

Chou Tien Chen beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 11-21, 21-15, 25-23

Kento Momota beat Wang Tzu Wei 21-10, 21-9

Jonathan Christie beat Anders Antonsen 23-21, 21-16

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:17 (IST)

Yamaguchi continues to dominate Sindhu

Yamaguchi with her third straight win over PV Sindhu and makes the head-to-head 10-7. 

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:12 (IST)

Akane Yamaguchi wins!

Akane Yamaguchi with a deft touch for a drop shot and PV Sindhu's lunge forward to pick it up only hits the net. Akane Yamaguchi wins 18-21, 21-18, 21-8 in 66 minutes. Under 20 minutes for that final game

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:11 (IST)

PV Sindhu 21-18, 18-21, 8-18 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi going all attack in this third game. Going after the serve with some zest and Sindhu has nothing to offer in return

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:08 (IST)

PV Sindhu 21-18, 18-21, 4-16 Yamaguchi

Just when it looks like Sindhu is drawing something, reducing deficit, Yamaguchi shuts the door on her with merciless hitting. 

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:04 (IST)

PV Sindhu 21-18, 18-21, 3-11 Yamaguchi

One way traffic at the mid-game interval in the third game. Yamaguchi in complete control and Sindhu has no answers to offer. A defiant jump smash from Yamaguchi to open up a fat eight point lead

Dec 11, 2019 - 21:00 (IST)

PV Sindu 21-18, 18-21, 0-5 Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi with an incredible start to the third game. A cross court smash having turned defence into attack and the Japanese with a sizeable lead from the word go. 

Dec 11, 2019 - 20:54 (IST)

Akane Yagamuchi wins the second game!

Akane Yamaguchi with a cross court half smash and she takes the second game 21-18 in 29 minutes to win the second game and level the match. 

BWF World Tour Finals Preview: Enduring a rough patch since claiming the world championship gold, ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu would be eager to turnaround her fortunes when she begins her title defence at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals here on Wednesday.

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Akane Yamaguchi and PV Sindhu will face off at the BWF World Tour Finals. AP File photo

Sindhu registered her career's biggest triumph at the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland in August, but since then the Indian looked awfully out of form.

The Olympic silver medallist, who had reached the finals of Indonesia Open Super 750 tournament in July, made two first-round exits at Korea Open and Fuzhou China Open and went down in the second round in three events -- China Open Super 1000, Denmark Open Super 750 and Hong Kong Open Super 500. Her only quarterfinal finish was at the USD 750,000 French Open.

Only the top 8 on the BWF Race to Guangzhou Rankings qualifies for the World Tour Finals and Sindhu ended the year at the 15th spot but still made it to the women's singles field by virtue of being the world champion.

Sindhu will open her campaign against Akane Yamaguchi, who has claimed two titles at Indonesia and Japan before a hip problem saw her make four straight first round exits. However, the Japanese showed signs of regaining her form with semifinal finishes at French Open, Hong Kong Open and Korea Masters.

The world no 6 Indian has a healthy 10-6 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi but she lost to the Japanese in the last two meetings.

(With PTI inputs)

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