Although India had qualified 7 shuttlers for the prestigious season-ending tournament, only 2 of them - PV Sindhu and by a stroke of fluke, Lakshya Sen, have been able to enter the semi-finals of the event. All other shuttlers - Kidambi Srikanth, Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy, and the men's doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty haven't been able to qualify. While Srikanth did win his opener against Toma Junior Popov, he lost haplessly against Thai youngster Kunlavut Vitidsarn and still has a small window of qualifying for the knockouts. The pair of Ashwini-Sikki could win just one of their three group stage matches while Satwik-Chirag lost their opener and pulled out citing injury trouble before facing off against The Minions.
Today marks the final day of group stage action where the Indian shuttlers will contest for one last mandatory hurray. Sindhu lost her final group match and will face Akane Yamaguchi in the semifinal on Saturday. Lakshya Sen, meanwhile, will be up against Viktor Axelsen in his semifinal.
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- 3 Dec 2021 9:55 AM GMT
Sindhu lost a 4-point lead in this game before making a comeback towards the end of the game. And it's the Indian who has the first game point opportunity. And seals it at 21-19. One-game all in this match. 26 minutes this game took, 9 more minutes than the 1st game.
We head to a deciding third game.