PV Sindhu has secured a tough draw for the World Tour Finals, which begins on Wednesday.© AFP
PV Sindhu got a tough draw in the Badminton World Tour Finals on Tuesday as she teamed up with world number one Tai Tzu-ying and home favorite Rachanok Intanon. Tai, former world champion Ratchanok and Olympic silver medalist, is assembled with Thailand’s Bornbawi Chuchwong for the Round-robin stage of the Biosecurity Championships in Bangkok. The postponed 2020 season final match, which begins on Wednesday, is the third behind-closed-doors event in three weeks in the Thai capital as badminton resumes after months of near inactivity due to the coronavirus.
Spain’s top seed Carolina Marin, who is chasing a hat-trick in Bangkok, will face South Korean teen sensation Ahn Se Young, Canadian Michelle Lee and Russia’s Evgenia Kositskaya in the first set.
In the men’s singles, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen – also undefeated for the past two weeks – faces Taiwan’s world number two Zhou Tian Chen, Indonesia’s Anthony Genting and Li Zi Jia of Malaysia.
Men’s champion Kento Momota tested positive before the Thai tournaments began, forcing him to withdraw with the entire Japanese team.
The Chinese team, including defending champion Chen Yufei, was unable to travel due to the country’s strict coronavirus-related rules.
Despite biosecurity arrangements, four people inside Bangkok’s “bubble” have tested positive for coronavirus, including two players who were forced to withdraw.
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