World tour final: PV Sindhu set to defend title in China, Sports News
Indian commuter PV Sindhu will begin defending the BWF World Tour Final title on Wednesday as the final event on the badminton calendar that kicks off in Guangzhou, China.
The tournament pits the eight best commuters of the year against each other, but Sindhu only qualified because the world champions in each of the five categories are automatically entered.
Sindhu’s year has been very irregular overall and she hasn’t made it to the quarter-finals in any of her six tournaments since the world championship triumph.
Players are divided into two groups of four each, with the top two at the end of the round robin phase advancing to the semi-finals.
Sindhu ends up in the easier of the two groups, at least on paper. The Indian commuter opens its campaign against the Japanese world number. 4 Akane Yamaguchi on Wednesday who had a mind-blowing season in the middle of the year before his momentum was interrupted by hip strain.
World no. 2 Chen Yufei and world number. 7 He Bingjiao, both from China, are the other players in the group.
Sindhu’s match against He Bingjiao could be the key, with the Indian trailing 5-9 head-to-head and losing the last four consecutive games.
The other group is led by the world number. 1 Tai Tzu-ying alongside the world number. 3 Nozomi Okuhara, world issue. 5 Ratchanok Intanon and this year’s world number surprise finalist. 16 Busanan ong-bam-rung-phan.