India’s top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to shrug off the disappointments of the last two weeks as they gear up for the highly-competitive BWF World Tour Finals, beginning in Bangkok on Wednesday. World champion and Olympic silver medallist Sindhu, who had won the prestigious title in 2018, has been clubbed in Group ‘B’ alongside top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and home favourites Ratchanok Intanon and Pornpawee Chochuwong. Sindhu’s comeback to international badminton after the coronavirus-induced break was not as good as she would have expected.Also Read - Thailand Open 2022: PV Sindhu Defeats World No.1 Akane Yamaguchi To Storm Into Semi-Final
The Indian, who has been training in London for the last few months, couldn’t go the distance after losing a close opening match in Thailand Open, the first of the Asia leg. In the second event last week, Sindhu suffered a demoralising straight games defeat against former world champion Ratchanok in the quarterfinals. Also Read - Taapsee Pannu Feels Proud of Boyfriend Mathias Boe Aka ‘Mr. Coach’ After Historic Thomas Cup Win
Former world number one Srikanth, on the other hand, has been clubbed in Group ‘B’ with Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei and Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus. Srikanth, who had reached the semifinals of BWF Super Series Masters Finals in 2014, couldn’t spend enough time on the court. He had pulled out of the first Thailand Open ahead of the second round due to a calf muscle pull, while he was forced to withdraw after the opening round last week after his roommate B Sai Praneeth tested positive for COVID-19. Srikanth was rewarded for his quarterfinal finish at Denmark Open Super 750 last October as he sneaked into the top-8 and managed to maintain his position, despite playing just the first rounds in the last two events. Also Read - Thomas and Uber Cup 2022: India Badminton Men's Team Create History As They Reach Semi Final After 43 Years
Here’s all you need to know about the season-concluding BWF World Tour Finals tournament:
When is the BWF World Tour Finals’ main draw begins?
The BWF World Tour Finals main draw is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. In the women’s singles – PV Sindhu will take on Tai Tzu Ying at 1 PM IST. While Kidambi Srikanth will face Denmark’s Anders Antonsen at 2 PM IST.
What time does the BWF World Tour Finals main draw matches will begin?
BWF World Tour Finals main draw matches is scheduled to begin at 9:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time) – January 27.
Where will the BWF World Tour Finals 2021 matches will be played?
The BWF World Tour Finals matches will be played at the Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand.
Which TV channels will broadcast the BWF World Tour Finals matches in India?
The BWF World Tour Finals matches will be telecast live on the Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India.
How do I watch the live streaming of BWF World Tour Finals matches in India?
The live streaming of BWF World Tour Finals will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform. For more updates and information, you can follow India.com/sports and BWF’s Facebook page.