South Korean teenager An Seyoung dashed Sindhu’s hopes of regaining the crown with a 21-16, 21-12 victory in the summit clash.
With this win, An Seyoung completed the title hat-trick in Bali. She entered the season-ending tournament with consecutive titles at the Indonesia Masters and Indonesia Open over the past two weeks.
How Sindhu confronts Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in Saturday’s semi-final, it looks like the Indian will have a tough fight against South Korea.
However, defending world champion Sindhu had no answer for world No. 6 in terms of form Seyoung, who read the terms slowly away.
Third loss in a row for Sindhu to Seyoung
It was Sindhu’s third consecutive loss to Seyoung. The promising Korean player also defeated Sindhu in the quarterfinals of the Danish Open in October.
Missing just a few moments in the first game, Seyoung dominated the 26-year-old Sindhu for 39 minutes.
Seyoung was excellent in the online game as well as with her base game. The youngster never allowed Sindhu to return to the game.
This is Sindhu’s third final appearance in the BWF World Tour Finals. Tall Hyderabadi won the title in 2018 in China becoming the only Indian to do so.
Sindhu, who has been training under South Korean coach Park Tae Sang for the past few years, put on a brave effort in the late stages of his first match. However, the rising Korean star did not lose focus as she ended the game with a powerful smash.
In the second set, Olympic bronze medalist Tokyo Sindhu initially played against his opponent but lost points after the halftime break. Seyoung took the opportunity to claim her first BWF World Tour Finals crown.
An Seyoung (Korea) bt PV Sindhu 21-16, 21-12 (minute 39).
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