Indian shuttlers had a mixed day at BWF World Tour Finals as Olympic medalist PV Sindhu registered a convincing win over world number two and defending champion over Akane Yamaguchi while Sameer Verma went down rather easily against world champion Kenta Momota in Guangzhou on Wednesday.
World no.6 Sindhu, who finished runner-up in the previous edition of World Tour Finals, has drawn into the group of the death with Tai Tzu Ying, Akane Yamaguchi and Beiwen Zhang. She started her campaign with a superb win over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in straight sets 24-22, 21-15.
However, in men’s singles event, Sameer Verma lost his opening encounter to World number one Kenta Momota by 18-21, 6-21 in a match which lasted 35 minutes.
Making her 3rd successive appearance in the tournament, Sindhu was in trouble initially as Yamaguchi made a 11-6 lead quickly and held on the lead till 17-13 but Sindhu was quick to turn the things in her favor and won the hard-fought game 24-22.
In the second game, Japanese tried to came back but Sindhu responded well to the challenge to lead 3-1 initially. The two were involved in long rallies in the second and it was Yamaguchi again to get to the 11-10 lead during the break.
However, Sindhu came back strongly by winning the eight straight points to take the score to 18-11 and then it was just formality for the Indian to wrap up the things quickly.
She will be up against Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying tomorrow in the second group match and the win in this match will ensure Sindhu a berth in the semifinals of BWF World Tour Finals.
Later on the same court, Sameer Verma lost to the man in brilliant form, World no.1 Momota in just 35 minutes by 8-21, 6-21. The seventh seed Indian will now take on Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in the second group match to keep his hopes alive in the tournament.