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An Seyoung whips Sindhu to win World Tour Finals

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December 05, 2021 15:41 IST
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IMAGE: India’s P V Sindhu was no match for Korean teen sensation An Seyoung in the women’s singles final of the World Tour Badminton Finals in Bali on Sunday. Photograph: Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images

India’s P V Sindhu finished second best at the World Tour Badminton Finals after going down tamely to Korean teen sensation An Seyoung in the women’s singles final, in Bali, on Sunday.

The reigning World champion and two-time Olympic medallist was unable to match the pace nor breach the defence of the world No. 6 and was beaten 16-21, 12-21 in the 40 minutes.

 

It was Sindhu's third successive defeat -- all straight games -- to the Korean in as many meetings.

Following the victory, An Seyoung became the first South Korean woman to win the season-ending title.

It was also her third straight title in Bali, following triumphs at the Indonesia Masters and Indonesia Open in the last two weeks.

Making her third final appearance in the year-end tournament, world No. 7 Sindhu was a pale shadow of the player who won the title in 2018 to become the only Indian to achieve the feat.

"It was a good game. An Seyoung is a good player, so I don't think it was going to be easy. I was prepared for a good match," Sindhu said after the title clash.

"From the beginning I should not have given her the lead because in the end I came back covering few points. It is a bit sad but lot to learn.

"It has been a good three weeks in Bali. So lot of positives to take from here and it's time to go back, recover and get prepared for the world championships," added the 26-year-old.

Up against the 19-year-old Korean, Sindhu once again looked short of ideas. She couldn't mount her attacking game or make use of the full court.

An Seyoung looked more polished at the nets and rode on her good quality of strokes. She produced some sensational full stretch diving saves with her swift movement to blunt Sindhu's game plan.

The Indian had a forgettable start and was left to fight a tough battle after trailing 0-4.

The Indian ae played a good rally to log her first points with a cross-court return. She tried to narrow the gap by engaging her opponent in rallies but Seyoung was quick on her feet and showed better anticipation to always keep her nose ahead.

The Korean doubled the lead to 16-8 after resumption. Sindhu tried to make up the deficit with a few good points but the Korean collected eight game points.

Sindhu saved four game points by putting pressure on her opponent's backhand, while the Korean also sent one long. Seyoung, however, sealed the opening game with a body return.

"During the rally, the shot which I wanted to attack, I was making mistakes. It was going side outs and points which I had to take were going to net. It is part of the game and it happens at times," said Sindhu.

The second game started on an even keel with Sindhu taking a 5-4 lead for the first time but the agile Korean was quick to wrest the lead after the Indian went long twice.

The teen shuttler soon extended her lead to 10-6 as she was relentless in the rallies, sending everything back to Sindhu. A razor-sharp return on her opponent's forehand gave her a 11-8 advantage at the break.

After the interval, An Seyoung continued to control the proceedings, galloping to a 15-8 lead with another exceptional full dive return.

In a jiffy, Seyoung grabbed a massive 10 match-points. Sindhu saved two before sending one to the net as the Korean celebrated.

Sindhu will strive to defend her title at the World Championships in Huelva, Spain, starting December 12.

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