BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu beats Akane Yamaguchi to enter final

India's PV Sindhu hits a return against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi during the semifinal. (AFP)
India's PV Sindhu hits a return against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi during the semifinal. (AFP)

It will be Sindhu's third final appearance in the prestigious season-ending tournament



By PTI

Published: Sat 4 Dec 2021, 4:46 PM

Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu entered the summit clash of BWF World Tour Finals with a hard fought win over Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the semifinals in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday.

The reigning world champion beat Yamaguchi 21-15 15-21 21-19 in a thrilling match.

In Sunday’s final, Sindhu will face AN Seyoung of South Korea.

The 19-year-old Seyoung beat Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 25-23 21-17 in the other semifinal.

It will be Sindhu’s third final appearance in the prestigious season-ending tournament. She had won the title in 2018 to become the only Indian to achieve the feat.

The world number 7 Indian had come into the match with an overall head-to-head win-loss record of 12-8 against the world number three Japanese.

Sindhu has been in fine form after picking up a bronze in the Tokyo Olympics. She had reached the semifinals in her last three events — French Open, Indonesia Masters and Indonesia Open — before coming into the BWF World Tour Finals.

She had finished runner-up in the Swiss Open in March.


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