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BWF World Tour Finals 2019: PV Sindhu Vs Akane Yamaguchi live score, commentary, highlights and results for December 11th

Yamaguchi def Sindhu 18-21, 21-18, 21-8 in the battle of the last two years' champions!
Updated: 11 December 2019 21:17 IST - Published: 11 December 2019 12:12 IST
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And that ends our live coverage today.

Do join us tomorrow for PV Sindhu's second match at the BWF World Tour Finals 2019.

Until then, goodbye!
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Sindhu made the perfect start but lost her way after Yamaguchi found her rhythm and confidence back.

Sindhu will look to get a win when she takes on Chen Yufei tomorrow.
 
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Final score: Yamaguchi def Sindhu 18-21, 21-18, 21-8 in the battle of the last two year's champions!

Match duration was 68 minutes.
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And Yamaguchi takes the third game 21-8, and with it, the match!
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The 10-point gulf between them continues!

It's 18-8 to the 2017 champion
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It continues to be one-way traffic as Yamaguchi races ahead to 16-6
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Sindhu looks to have lost her way.

Yamaguchi fully in control as she inches ahead to 14-4
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It's 11-3 to Yamaguchi after a strong show.

Can Sindhu turn this around?
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Sindhu managed to get two points but Yamaguchi still has a big lead of 7-2
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Everything is turning into gold for the Japanese.

Turning defence into attack, she leads 5-0
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Yamaguchi is now playing on her own terms. Extending the rallies and forcing Sindhu into errors.

It's 3-0 to the Japanese at the start of the third game.
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What resilience!

Yamaguchi looked down and out but still found the courage and belief to take the second game 21-18.

We are going three!
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Yamaguchi played snartly to keep Sindhu pinned at the backcourt.

It's 18-18
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What a point!

Sindhu outfoxed Yamaguchi by pushing the shuttle back at Akane at the net.

Sindhu 18-16 now
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This is a nail-biting affair now!

Sindhu holds a slight edge at 17-16
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This is suddenly a very different match!

Yamaguchi has shown great character and grit to come back and level this at 15-15
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Yamaguchi finds a clever smash to trail 10-13
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Sindhu's anticipation skills and her movement have been brilliant in this match.

It's a 12-9 lead for the defending champion
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Yamaguchi sends the shuttle long and it is 11-6 to Sindhu at the halftime break.
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The rallies are becoming more and more grinding but the energy from the two ladies on the court is something to admire!

It's 9-6 to Sindhu
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Yamaguchi raced out to a 4-2 lead in the second game but Sindhu has since wrested away the momentum to go up to 6-4
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Sindhu has converted her second game point and has pocketed the first game 21-18.
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Sindhu has stopped the comeback with a fine show of aggression and now has three game points!

20-17
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But there is a reason why Yamaguchi won this tournament in 2017.

She refuses to go away. She has closed the gap to 15-17
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The Sindhu juggernaut is rolling on!

Looking unstoppable, Sindhu bags four points in a dominant show to storm ahead to 17-11
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Yamaguchi is giving it all but the Indian is always one step ahead.

Sindhu up 13-11
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And it's an 11-8 advantage for Sindhu at the mid-game interval.

Beginning to look sharp!
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And Sindhu rises!

She jumps out to 9-7 with two quick points.
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Yamaguchi refuses to be on the backfoot. Sindhu took the lead but the Japanese has stormed back to make it 7-7
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And it continues to be a competitive game!

5-5
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And Sindhu is finally looking like the fighter she is!

With a barrage of attacking shots, she levels this at 4-4
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Good evening! The match has started!

Yamaguchi makes a fast start to build a 3-1 lead
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