The Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals is going to begin in Bangkok from today. 2 players from India are participating in the tournament. PV Sindhu in Women's singles and Kidambi Srikanth in Men's singles will represent Team India.
In the first round, Sindhu will take on World No. 1 Taitju Ying of China Taipei today. At the same time, Srikanth will take on Denmark's Anders Antonsen. Antonsen had reached the semi-finals of Toyota Thailand, where he lost to Hans Christian.
World No.7 Sindhu and World No.1 Taityu face to face
World No.7 Sindhu has been placed in Group B of Women's Singles. It is also being called the Group of Death. Apart from Sindh and Taitju Ying in this group, Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon and Pornpavi Chochuvong. Sindhu had lost in the quarterfinals to Intanon at the Toyota Thailand Open in the previous tournament.
Women's Singles Group A: Karolina Marine (Spain), Aan Se Young (South Korea), Mitchell Lee (Canada), Evgeniya Kosetskeya (Russia)
Women's Singles Group B: Taitju Ying (China Taipei), Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand), Pornpavi Chochuvong (Thailand), PV Sindhu (India)
Kidambi Srikanth got an easy group in Men's singles
Srikanth of World No. 14 India has got an easy group in Men's Singles. In his group, Denmark's Anders Antonsen is the only player who is in form.
Men's Singles Group A: Victor Axelsen (Denmark), Chow Tian Chen (China Taipei), Li Ji Jia (Malaysia), Anthony Ginting (Hong Kong)
Men's Singles Group B: Anders Antonsen (Denmark), Wang Tzu Wei (China Taipei), Kidambi Srikanth (India), Ang Ka Long (Hong Kong)
Srikanth withdrew from Toyota Thailand Open
India's top men's badminton player Srikanth could not do much at the recent Yonex Thailand Open and Toyota Thailand Open. Many shuttlers in China and Japan withdrew from the Thailand Open tournament because of Corona. Due to this, Srikanth managed to remain in the top-8 rankings and qualified for the finals.
Sindhu qualified for BWF by luck.
World champion PV Sindhu also managed to make it to the BWF Finals. Sindhu has a world ranking of 7 and a tour ranking of 10. Sindhu's luck also supported her. This is because Thailand's 3 and Japan's Nozomi Okuhara are in the top-8 in the tour rankings. Only 2 top players from one country can qualify in the BWF Finals.
Sindhu could not do anything special in the last 2 tournaments
At the same time, Okuhara has already withdrawn her name from BWF Finals. Due to this, Sindhu managed to qualify for BWF Finals. Sindhu Yonex was eliminated after losing in the first round of the Thailand Open and the quarterfinals of Toyota Thailand Open.