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Defending champion Sindhu eyes turnaround in BWF World Tour Finals

PTI/Guangzhou
Filed on December 10, 2019
Sindhu begins her title defence at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday. - Reuters

Sindhu registered her career's biggest triumph at the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland in August, but since then the Indian has looked awfully out of form.

Enduring a rough patch since claiming the world championship gold, ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu would be eager to turnaround her fortunes when she begins her title defence at the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals on Wednesday.

Sindhu registered her career's biggest triumph at the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland in August, but since then the Indian has looked awfully out of form. The Olympic silver medallist, who had reached the finals of Indonesia Open Super 750 tournament in July, made two first-round exits at Korea Open and Fuzhou China Open and went down in the second round in three events -- China Open Super 1000, Denmark Open Super 750 and Hong Kong Open Super 500.

Her only quarterfinal finish was at the $750,000 French Open. Only the top 8 on the BWF Race to Guangzhou Rankings qualifies for the World Tour Finals and Sindhu ended the year at the 15th spot but still made it to the women's singles field by virtue of being the world champion.

Despite the recent dip in form, all eyes will be on Sindhu as she has the reputation of producing her best in major events. The Indian had taken a break after the Hong Kong Open to be in the best shape for the World Finals, where she has twice reached the summit clash in 2017 and 2018.

This time, Sindhu has been placed in group A alongside Chinese duo of Chen Yu Fei and He Bing Jiao and Japan's Akane Yamaguchi.


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