BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu in tough group, Kidambi Srikanth gets favourable draw

Sindhu's group has two of the world's top five singles players, including No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying.

By Utathya Nag ·

Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu has been drawn in the women’s singles Group B alongside current world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the BWF World Tour Finals. Kidambi Srikanth, meanwhile, is in men’s singles Group B with Denmark’s Anders Antonsen.

Other players in PV Sindhu’s group include two Thailand players – Ratchanok Intanon and Pornpawee Chochuwong.

The women’s singles Group A, meanwhile, comprises Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain, South Korea’s An Se Young, Canada’s Michelle Li and surprise participant Evgeniya Kosetskaya – the first Russian singles badminton player in history to qualify for the BWF World Tour Finals.

Reigning women’s world champion PV Sindhu has had a mixed run of form since returning from the year-long COVID-19 hiatus at the two Thailand Opens earlier this month.

PV Sindhu was knocked out in the first round at the first (Yonex Thailand Open) and exited in the quarter-final stage at the second (Toyota Thailand Open).

The current world No. 7 has her work cut if she’s to progress from the group which includes two of the world’s top five players currently. Tai Tzu Ying is world No 1 while Intanon is ranked fifth in the women’s singles rankings.

In the BWF World Tour Finals, players from each group play each other once in a round-robin format and the top two from each group progress to the semi-finals.

Kidambi Srikanth, meanwhile, received a more favourable draw. His men’s singles Group B includes Danish world No. 3 men’s singles player Antonsen, Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei (world No. 12) and Hong Kong shuttler Ng Ka Long Angus (world No. 8).

Srikanth himself is currently ranked world No. 14 in BWF men’s singles rankings.

Group A in men’s single constitutes Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen (world No. 4), Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen (world No. 2), Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia (world No. 10) and Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (world No. 6).

Here’s the full draw: