Bali. Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth started the season with a win in the last BWF World Tour Finals by winning their respective matches in straight games. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, defeated Denmark’s Laine Kristofferson 21-14, 21-16. Earlier, Srikanth defeated Toma Junior Popov of France 21-14, 21-16 in 42 minutes in Group B match. Sindhu, the only Indian to win this tournament, will now face Germany’s Vonne Li. Sindhu won this title in 2018.
In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, however, went down 21-14, 21-18 to second seeded Japanese pair of Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida.
In men’s singles, former world number one Srikkanth displayed a brilliant game to beat the world number 33 player. The first game was a close one but by the break, Srikanth took an 11-9 lead. After this, scoring five consecutive points made the score 16-10 and quickly won this game. In the second game, he was trailing 1-4 but came back early to take a two-point lead till the break.
The lead was quickly reduced to 14-9 but then the gap narrowed to 19-14. Srikanth got four match points from Toma’s long shot and won the match with excellent net play. He will now face three-time junior world champion Kulavut Vitidasarn of Thailand.
Sindhu took an early lead of 5-2 but the gap soon reduced to 7-6. Sindhu then won the first game with ten points in a row. In the second game, Laine did a better job to take a 4-2 lead.
Sindhu had taken an 11-10 lead at the break. After the break, he took the lead to 17-13 and then did not give any chance to the line.