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.
PV Sindhu lost momentum in the third game and Japan's Akane Yamaguchi triumphed at the BWF World Tour FInals.
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
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
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.
PV Sindhu 21-18, 11-6 Yamaguchi
PV Sindhu in the driving seat to lead by five points at the break in the second game. Yamaguchi sends the shuttle long and Sindhu judges it successfully. All Sindhu for now unless Yamaguchi pulls something out of the bag now.
PV Sindhu wins opening game 21-18
PV Sindhu takes the opening game 21-18 in 20 minutes. She read Yamaguchi's smash very well and was in place to pick it up and sends it back with the Japanese caught in no man's land.
PV Sindhu 11-8 Yamaguchi
PV Sindhu with a three point lead at the break in the first game. And what a point that was! Sindhu with gorgeous drop shots, one after another, side to side, Yamaguchi picking up each one and keeping the Indian going to try and close it out somehow. Eventually she does with a smash. Crowd erupts after an incredible point!
Akane Yamaguchi to get the match underway. PV Sindhu had won the toss and chosen the far side.
Players on court
PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi delayed slightly. Before players take court, Sindhu has been asked to change clothes. She has now changed from a yellow dress to a black and white.
PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi
Head-to-head: 10-6 in favour of the Indian but Sindhu lost the last two matches against the Japanese. They met last year also in this tournament where Sindhu won.
Preview to PV Sindhu and the BWF World Tour Finals just months after her maiden World Championships title.
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.
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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Chinese Taipei shuttler extended her domination over the Indian ace, leading 16-5 on the head-to-head record. Sindhu has now lost six matches on the trot against Tai Tzu.
World No. 7 Sindhu dispatched her Thai opponent Phittayaporn Chaiwan 19-21, 21-9, 21-14 in a 57-minute second-round clash at the Axiata Arena. The seventh-seeded Indian will next face her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the last eight face-off.