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PV Sindhu settles for silver after defeat to Akane Yamaguchi in Indonesia Open

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.