PV Sindhu has been handed a comparatively good draw on paper for the BWF World Tour Finals, whereas Lakshya Sen and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have a tricky job on their arms because the match begins with group play in Bali on Wednesday.
Sindhu is paired with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong, Germany’s Yvonne Lee and Denmark’s Line Kristofferson. In-form Chochuwong begins off as the favourite within the group, Sindhu has a constructive document of one-offs towards all three gamers. Sindhu, a former winner of the distinguished match, has averted each An Seyong and Akane Yamaguchi in her group, who’re the 2 most in-form gamers in girls’s singles in the intervening time.
Sen is in a tricky group with Danish pair Viktor Axelsen, Rasmus Gemke and Kento Momota within the males’s singles pool. Olympic champion Axelsen has had a stellar 2021 run and has now displaced Momota because the world primary after a win on the Indonesia Open on Sunday.
Srikanth Kidambi is pitted alongside All England champion Lee Zi Jia, Thailand’s rising star Kunlavut Witidsern and France’s Toma Junior Popov. Whereas Malaysia’s Lee begins out because the heavy favourite right here, on paper, India’s former world No. 1 has been handed an honest draw to progress to the semi-finals.
As India’s first males’s doubles pairing within the occasion, Satwik-Chirag will face world No. 1 Marcus Gideon-Kevin Sukamuljo, Kim Astrup-Anders Rasmussen and Olympic champion Lee Yang-Wang Chi Lin. The Indonesians, referred to as Minions, have a 10-0 document towards the Indian pair, who, then again, defeated Tokyo 2020 champions Lee and Wang within the group stage on the Olympics.
In girls’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy are in the identical group as Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida, Gabriella and Stephanie Stoeva, Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith.
The highest two gamers/pairs from every group will advance to the knockouts.
It will likely be India’s greatest ever illustration on the year-end match, with seven of them qualifying for the $150,000 occasion.