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BWF World Tour Finals: PV Sindhu loss in a close-fought battle against Tai Tzu-Ying

Rio Olympic Silver Medallist and World Ranked 7 by BWF, Sindhu was leading after a 21-19 win in the first game but the World No.1 Taiwan shuttler Tai Tzu-Ying bounced back in the 2nd game with a 21-12 thrashing and there was no looking back for the latter despite some fight shown by Sindhu in the 3rd game 21-17.

It was a good match, there were no easy points. In the third game I came back and it was just one point difference at one stage. I broke my racket strings twice (during rallies) and that made a difference. Otherwise, it was a good game. It’s a tough group. I have to give 100 per cent:- Pusarla V Sindhu

Sindhu has to win at least 2 matches in the Round Robin stage to make it to the semifinals. She’s in Group B with Ratchanok Intanton (Thailand), Pornpawee Chochuwong (Thailand) beside Tai Tzu-Ying.

Sindhu was knocked out as early as the first round in first of the two Super 1000 events in Thailand, after her return for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak, and she was also hit with a quarter-final exit last week in Bangkok. In a one-sided game, in the last-8 round, Sindhu surrendered to local star Ratchanok Intanon

The delayed 2020 season finale, starting Wednesday, is the third behind-closed-doors event in three weeks in the Thai capital as badminton resumes after months of near-inactivity owing to the coronavirus.

Spanish top seed Carolina Marin, seeking a hat-trick of wins in Bangkok, will face South Korean teen sensation An Se-young, Canada’s Michelle Li and Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in Group A.

In the men’s singles, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen — who is also unbeaten over the past fortnight — faces Taiwan’s world number two Chou Tien-Chen, Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting and Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia.

Men’s champion Kento Momota tested positive just before the Thai tournaments began, forcing him to withdraw along with the entire Japanese team.

China’s team, including women’s title-holder Chen Yufei, unable to travel because of the country’s strict coronavirus rules.

Despite the biosecurity arrangements, four people inside the Bangkok “bubble” have tested positive for the coronavirus, including two players who were forced to withdraw.


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