Tuesday, January 25, 2022

BWF World Tour Finals, Day 2 Highlights: PV Sindhu books semis berth, Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen lose

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BWF World Tour Finals LIVE- India: PV Sindhu continued her dominance at the ongoing World Tour Finals as she marched into the semifinals with a thumping victory over Germany’s Yvonne Li. The Indian shuttler defeated the German 21-10, 21-13 in straight games in her second Group A game in just 31 minutes. However, Lakshya Sen was defeated by World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen in his second and last Group game. Follow BWF World Tour live updates on InsideSport. 

Earlier in the day, Kidambi Srikanth suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kunlavut Vitidsarn followed by another major blow as Men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy pulled out of the tournament citing injury, ending their campaign at the BWF World Tour Finals.

BWF World Tour Finals Live: Sindhu secures semifinals spot; Lakshya Sen to take on Viktor Axelsen next: Follow Live updates

Lakshya Sen loses to Viktor Axelsen (DEN)

India’s Lakshya Sen lost to the World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen 15-21, 14-21 in his second group stage fixture which lasted for 46 minutes. Axelsen played to his usual self where and didn’t allow Lakshya Sen to settle while the 20-year-old Indian shuttler showed some good skills to not concede easy points.

Game 2: Viktor Axelsen takes 21-14: Laskhya Sen showed good skills to go into the interval with an 11-10 lead. However, Viktor Axelsen came really hard at Lakshya Sen in the second half to take the game 21-15 in his favor.

Game 1: Viktor Axelsen takes 21-15:  It was tough fought first ten minutes for both the players with Axlesen edging Sen with 11-9. Axelsen made good use of his height but Sen played to his strengths i.e. cross-court smashes. The neck-to-neck battle continued between the two players until Sen lost his steam and conceded back-to-back points.

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PV Sindhu defeats Yvonne Li (GER)

  • Two-time Olympic medallist and star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu defeated Germany’s Yvonne Li 21-10, 21-13 in a match that lasted for 31 minutes.
  • With this win, Sindhu secured a semifinal berth at the World Tour Finals for the second time in her career.
  • World No.7 Sindhu improved her head-to-head record against the 24th ranked Yvonne Li as the duo had only met once at Indonesia Open where Sindhu had come victorious in straight sets 21-12, 21-18.
  • Sindhu will now want to repeat her performance from 2018 where she had won the title. Despite clinching bronze at Tokyo Olympics, she has managed to only reach the finals of the Swiss Open this year.

Satwik-Chirag pull out

BWF World Tour Finals Live: Sindhu wins second Group A game; Lakshya Sen to take on Viktor Axelsen next: Follow Live updates

BWF World Tour Finals, Day 1 Highlights: Lakshya Sen progresses to semis alongside Viktor Axelsen; Sindhu, Srikanth too make winning starts

Kidambi Srikanth vs Kunlavut Vitidsarn (THA)

Game 2: Srikanth put up a fight, but eventually falls short 21-18, to lose the clash.

Game 1: Kunlavut Vitidsarn absolutely dominates Kidambi Srikanth, wins game 21-7

  • In his last game. Kidambi Srikanth defeated France’s Toma Junior Popov 21-14, 21-16 in a match that lasted for 42 minutes.
  • World No.14 Srikanth will play 23rd ranked Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand.
  • The duo locked horns twice and like in Lakshya’s case, Kidambi is yet to win a set against Vitidsarn. He lost him twice in straight sets and the last battle was Sudirman Cup.


Update: Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have decided to pull out due to an injury.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddyand Chirag Shetty were forced to withdraw from men’s doubles in the ongoing BWF World Tour Finals after Rankireddy complained of knee pain. Satwik and Chirag had lost 21-16, 21-5 to Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in their opening Group ‘A’ round-robin match here on Wednesday and handed a walkover to top-seeded Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in Bali on Thursday.

“Actually, Satwik has been having knee pain for a couple of weeks now. We didn’t really have the time to rest it so he had to play with it. We have decided to rest it now so that we can be ready for world championships,” Chirag told PTI. “The injury hampers his movement so we decided better to rest it for a couple of days. Because worlds is more important,” added the 24-year-old from Mumbai.

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BWF World Tour- India: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen headline next round fixtures- Follow LIVE updates

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