Defending champion PV Sindhu eyes turnaround at World Tour Finals

Defending champion PV Sindhu eyes turnaround at World Tour Finals

  • Dec 10, 2019
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PV Sindhu would be eager to turnaround her fortunes when she begins her title defense at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday.

The Indian superstar PV Sindhu remains enthusiastic since winning the World Championship gold medal, to change her fortune she begins defending the title at the end of the BWF World Tour final season in Guangzhou on Wednesday.

Sindhu scored the biggest victory in her career at the World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, in August, but since then India seemed to be in very poor state.

The Olympic silver medalist, who reached the final of the Indonesia Open Super 750 tournament in July, has achieved two first-round exits at the Korea Open and Fuzhou Chinese Open and fell in the second round in three events: China Open Super 1000, Denmark Open Super 750 and Hong Kong Open Super 500.

It was the only quarter-final finish was at the French Open tournament of USD 750,000.

Only the first 8 players in the BWF Race to Guangzhou qualify for the world tour finals, and Sindhu finished the year at 15th place, but still made it to the women’s singles field by virtue of being the world champion.

Despite the recent drop in form, all eyes will be on Sindhu, as she has a reputation for producing the best in highlights. India had a break after the Hong Kong open to be in the best shape for the World Finals, having reached the summit twice in 2017 and 2018.

This time, the Sandhu was placed in Group A with Chinese duo Chen Yu Fie and He Bing Jiao and Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, while Group B consisted of the remaining four shuttlers: Taiwanese Tai Tzu Ying, Thai duo of Ratchanok Intanon and Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.

Sindhu will open his campaign against Akane Yamaguchi, who won two titles in Indonesia and Japan before having a hip problem as she got four first-round exits. However, the Japanese showed signs of regaining their form with the semi-finals in the French Open, Hong Kong Open and Korean Masters.

The world no. 6 Indian to have a 10-6 health record against Yamaguchi, but lost to the Japanese in the last two meetings.

Also against Chen Yu Fei, Sindhu has a 6-3 record, but the Chinese have been fit this season, having won six finals, including the England Championship.

But Sindhu lost nine times to He Bing Jiao and four of them in the last four games. The Chinese won the Korea Open, in addition to the second place in the Indian Open and Badminton Asia Championships.

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