BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu to lead India's journey

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will be competing at the BWF World Tour Finals 2021 starting in Bali, Indonesia.

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Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu will be competing at the BWF World Tour Finals 2021 starting in Bali, Indonesia on Wednesday. Followed by seven other badminton players.


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This is India's best representation at the tournament. In the previous Finals, only two Indian shuttlers had made the cut.

The Finals is the season-ending tournament of the BWF Tour, where the top-eight players/pairs in the season's rankings are granted entry. Watch the matches on live streaming.

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The players/pairs will divide into two groups of four each. Each player/pair will play every other player/pair in their group in a round-robin format. With the top-two in each group progressing to the semi-finals.

PV Sindhu won the inaugural BWF World Tour Finals in 2018. That incidentally remains her only title on the BWF World Tour thus far.

In the 2021 edition, PV Sindhu has drawn alongside Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong, Germany's Yvonne Li and Line Christophersen of Denmark. The reigning badminton world champion will start as one of the favourites for the crown.

Youngster Lakshya Sen faces a tough outing in his maiden BWF World Tour Finals, having been drawn alongside Tokyo 2020 champion and world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and world No. 2 Kento Momota of Japan.

Kidambi Srikanth Position

Former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth has a relatively easier group-stage draw as he will play All England Open champion Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia, Frenchman Toma Junior Popov and Thai youngster Kunlavut Vitidsarn.

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In the men's doubles, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have their task cut out against Olympic gold-medallists Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin, Thomas Cup silver-medallists Kim Astrup/Anders Rasmussen and top-ranked 'minions' Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sukamuljo.

However, Chirag-Satwik had beaten Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin in Tokyo 2020. Their only loss at the event and then their first defeat in 2021. And have already defeated Astrup/Rasmussen once this year.

Two-time Olympian Ashwini Ponnappa and her partner N Sikki Reddy will be making their BWF World Tour Finals debut this time.

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