Rio Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and fit again Kidambi Srikanth will kick-start their campaign for the season-ending Dubai Super Series Finals today.
In the tournament which features the top eight shuttlers/pairs, Sindhu will face world number nine Hi Bingjiao of China in her first match of the women’s singles event.
The other two players in the Group A of women’s singles event are world number 15, Sayako Sato of Japan, and world number two Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.
Sindhu has already won India and Korea Open Super Series at the season start, while has grabbed the silver at Glasgow World Championship and Hong Kong Open. In men’s singles, Srikanth is all set for a comeback after sustaining an injury earlier this month which forced him to withdraw from China Open and Hong Kong Super Series.
Srikanth will have to on his toes as will meet world number one Vicktor Axelsen of Denmark in his first match of the tournament. Having clinched four Super Series titles already this year, the 24-year-old will aim to finish the season on a winning note.
The Pullela Gopichand protegee has won the Indonesia Open, Australia Open, Denmark Open and French Open earlier this year.
Dubai Super Series Finals draw:
Group A: Son Wan Ho (South Korea), Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Ng Ka Long Angus (Hong Kong), Chen Long (China).
Group B: Kidambi Srikanth (India), Shi Yuqi (China), Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei), Viktor Axelsen (Denmark).
Group A: Akane Yamaguchi (Japan), Pusarla V. Sindhu (India), Sayaka Sato (Japan), He Bingjiao (China)
Group B: Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei), Sung Ji Hyun (South Korea), Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand), Chen Yufei (China).