PV Sindhu of India lost in straight games to An Se-young of South Korea in the final of the BWF World Tour Finals, 21-16 21-12. Sindhu, the reigning world champion and two-time Olympic medalist, entered the competition as the favourite to win the championship.
Sindhu began conservatively, giving the South Korean an early edge in the first game, which the former lost 16-21.
Sindhu came back in the final minutes of the first set, but the South Korean star maintained her concentration and sealed the game with a spectacular smash.
PV Sindhu matched her opponent toe-to-toe in the second set, but lost her footing after the mid-break, losing the game and the match.
Sindhu had previously faced a tough challenge in the semi-finals, defeating Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-15 15-21 21-19.
Sindhu won the title three years ago in 2018, and this would be her third final appearance in the season-ending tournament for the Indian shuttler.
In the final, An Se-Young defeated PV Sindhu 21-16 21-12 to win the title.
PV Sindhu lost the title match against An Se-Young in under 39 minutes
The South Korean dominated both games, maintaining her composure despite Sindhu’s occasional outbursts of aggressiveness.
Sindhu never quite got the hang of the An’s excellent technical game. Sindhu, on the other hand, finishes the tournament with a string of outstanding victories, bode well for the future of Indian women’s badminton.