Sindhu vs An Seyoung HIGHLIGHTS, BWF World Tour Finals: Sindhu loses 16-21, 12-21 to An Seyoung in final

Sindhu vs An Seyoung live score: Get the live badminton score updates of P V Sindhu vs An Seyoung BWF World Tour Finals 2021 summit clash and live streaming updates from Bali.

PV Sindhu

FILE PHOTO: India's ace shuttler P V Sindhu lost 16-21, 12-21 to South Korea's An Seyoung in the summit clash of the BWF World Tour Finals in Bali on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

Thanks for tuning into Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the women's singles final of the BWF World Tour Finals 2021 between India's P V Sindhu and South Korea's An Seyoung. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfurled in Bali.

That's it for today. Thanks for tuning in.

P V Sindhu will have a chance to put this defeat past her in a week's time as she'll defend her world championship title in Huelva, Spain, from December 12.

P V Sindhu1612
An Seyoung2121

 

An Seyoung becomes the first ever South Korean women to win the BWF World Tour Finals title. She was simply the better player today and dominated Sindhu from start to finish. The teenager now has a 3-0 head-to-head record over the reigning world champion.

Memorable couple of weeks for the Korean who won three titles in three weeks in Bali.

Sindhu 12-21, 16-21, An Seyoung: Sindhu saves two match points before hitting one into the net. An Seyoung beats reigning world champion P V Sindhu 21-16, 21-12 in the final.

Sindhu 10-20, 16-21, An Seyoung: Ten championship points for An Seyoung.

Sindhu 10-18, 16-21, An Seyoung: Amazing anticipation from An Seyoung as she was just waiting for Sindhu to hit a cross-court shot before smashing it.

Sindhu 10-16, 16-21, An Seyoung: Great net shot from Sindhu. Still, a long way to go.

Sindhu 8-15, 16-21, An Seyoung: This is just special. A full length dive from An Seyoung to hit the shot that goes just over the net and Sindhu unable to reach on time.

Sindhu 8-14, 16-21, An Seyoung: The Korean is dictating the rallies and forcing Sindhu to commit one error after another.

Sindhu 8-11, 16-21, An Seyoung: A three-point advantage at the halfway stage of the second game for An Seyoung.

Sindhu 7-10, 16-21, An Seyoung: An Seyoung has been pretty much flawless so far. This time though, she hits it into the net.

Sindhu 6-8, 16-21, An Seyoung: An Seyoung plays an immaculate cross-court smash and Sindhu has no answer.

Sindhu 5-5, 16-21, An Seyoung: Unbelievable skills shown by the Korean. A dive followed by defense of a body smash. Sindhu ultimately hits one long.

Sindhu 4-4, 16-21, An Seyoung: Parity restored as An Seyoung's forehand lift from the net lands past the baseline.

Sindhu 2-4, 16-21, An Seyoung: However, the Korean has quickly taken the lead with four consecutive points.

Sindhu 2-0, 16-21, An Seyoung: A great net shot from Sindhu to begin the second game in a positive fashion.

An Seyoung wins the opening game 21-16!

Sindhu 16-21 An Seyoung: A fierce smash by the Korean aimed at Sindhu's body forces her to hit a weak defensive shot that goes only as far as the net.

Sindhu 16-20 An Seyoung: This is a nice passage of play for Sindhu as she saves half of those game points.

Sindhu 12-20 An Seyoung: Attempted drop shot from the Indian but lands well wide. Eight game point opportunities for her opponent.

Sindhu 12-19 An Seyoung: Sindhu is chipping away at An Seyoung's lead.

Sindhu 9-18 An Seyoung: Sindhu ends the Korean's streak of points with a perfectly timed lift that lands on the baseline.

Sindhu 8-18 An Seyoung: One way traffic now. Excellent play so far from An Seyoung.

Sindhu 8-14 An Seyoung: Effective defense shown by the Korean teenager forces Sindhu to attempt an overhead smash but only manages to hit the net.

Sindhu 6-12 An Seyoung: Sindhu times the drop to perfection and it lands near the net.

Sindhu 5-11 An Seyoung: The world champion misses the line again and it's advantage An Seyoung at the mid game interval in the opening game.

Sindhu 5-10 An Seyoung: Sindhu plays a cross-court lift but it lands wide.

Sindhu 4-7 An Seyoung: Brilliant overhead shot from the Korean. Sindhu lets it go but the shuttle lands just on the baseline.

Sindhu 3-5 An Seyoung: Another delightful drop from Sindhu. No chance for An Seyoung.

Sindhu 1-4 An Seyoung: First proper rally of the match and the Indian ends it with a cross-court drop shot to win her first point of the match.

Sindhu 0-4 An Seyoung: The Korean begins in emphatic fashion winning four points on the trot.

AND THE FINAL BEGINS!

The players have entered the court. An Seyoung won the toss and chose to serve.

Match Preview

India's ace shuttler P V Sindhu is set to face South Korea's An Seyoung in the summit clash of the BWF World Tour Finals in Bali on Sunday.

This is Sindhu's third appearance at the season-ending event. The 26-year-old clinched the title in 2018.

Two-time Olympic medallist and reigning world champion Sindhu reached the final after defeating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi 21-15, 15-21, 21-19 in 70 minutes in a thrilling semifinal on Saturday.

However, An Seyoung, who beat Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong 25-23, 21-17 in the other semifinal, is in sensational form. The teenager is playing her third straight final in the Indonesian capital after clinching the Indonesia Masters and the Indonesia Open.

 

This will be third meeting between world number seven Sindhu and world number six An Seyoung where the Indian will look to claim her first win over the South Korean after suffering defeat in both of their previous encounters.

Sindhu will also like to win her first title since beating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the World Championships final in Basel in 2019.

Who is An Seyoung - the youngster standing between P V Sindhu and a second BWF World Tour Finals title?

An Seyoung is a 19-year-old shuttler from South Korea who made her debut at senior level with the national side at the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals. She won all four of her singles matches in that event and helped South Korea finish third.

In 2019, An Seyoung clinched five world tour titles including victories over established players such as China's Li Xuerui and Spain's Carolina Marin. For her stellar performances throughout the year, she picked the BWF 'Most Promising Player of the Year' Award.

An Seyoung made her Olympic debut in Tokyo this year and reached the quarterfinals where she lost 18-21, 19-21 to the eventual champion Chen Yu Fei of China.

Where to watch?

Women's Singles final of the BWF World Tour Finals between India's P V Sindhu and South Korea's An Seyoung will be live telecast on Star Sports Select HD 1 and live streamed on Disney+ Hotstar tentatively around 12:30 pm on Sunday, December 5.