PV Sindhu settles for silver after defeat to Akane Yamaguchi in Indonesia Open
Fourth seed Akane Yamaguchi defeated PV Sindhu in straight sets by 21-15, 21-16 to lift her maiden Indonesia Open title at Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday.
After starting off brightly, Yamaguchi had taken a lead of 3-0 in the first game, but PV Sindhu fought her way back to 8-11, but the Japanese didn’t stumble from there. She drew first blood in the Super 1000 final as she changed gears efficiently, by winning the first game by 21-15.
The second game had a similar story from the beginning with a close contest, where Sindhu battled to make it 4-4. Yamaguchi continued in the same pattern maintaining a healthy lead throughout the game, until she wrapped up the game and the glory with a 21-16 win.
Although Sindhu lead 10-4 in the head-to-head record before the match, the Japanese came on top in the final, similarly how she had defeated the current world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in just over half an hour.
After a dream run in the Indonesia Open defeating the likes of Nozomi Okuhara and Chun Yu Fei, Sindhu had to settle for just a silver medal in her first final of 2019.