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A winning start for PV Sindhu at Dubai Finals

15 Dec 2016 | By Vijaya
Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016

PV Sindhu began her BWF Superseries Finals campaign on a winning note by beating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the round-robin opener.

Sindhu came back from a game down to beat the second seed 12-21, 21-8, 21-15.

The Indian ace will now face China's Sun Yu, who in a stunning match defeated the reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin 21-18, 24-22.

In context: Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016

SummaryBWF Superseries Finals

The BWF (Badminton World Federation) Superseries Finals is the year-end tournament featuring the top eight ranked players in the Superseries rankings.

The tournament was first played in 2008 and has a total prize money of $1,000,000.

The winners of the 2015 edition include, Kento Momota (Men's Singles), and Nozomi Okuhara (Women's Singles).

The 2016 Superseries Finals are scheduled in Dubai from 14-18 Dec.

Round robing group stageFormat of the event

The BWF Superseries finals is contested in a format similar to that of ATP and WTA tour finals with the top 8 players drawn into 2 groups of 4 each.

The group stage is played in a round robin format where every player plays every other player in their group once.

Top two players from each group qualify for the semifinals.

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Best performance by Indians so far

The best performance by an Indian badminton player at the World Superseries Finals since it began, came from Saina Nehwal in 2011 when she reached the finals of the tournament. She lost it to Wang Yihan.
Who is playing at the Dubai event?

14 Dec 2016Who is playing at the Dubai event?

The Women's Singles draw - Group A - Tai Zu-ying, Sung Ji-hyun, Ratchanok Intanon, He Bingjiao; and Group B - Akane Yamaguchi, Sun Yu, PV Sindhu, Carolina Marin.

Men's Singles draw - Group A - Jan O Jorgensen, Tian Houwei, Hu Yun, Marc Zweibler; and Group B - Son Wan-ho, Ng Ka Long, Viktor Axelsen, Lee Chong Wei.

14 Dec 2016Sindhu eyes maiden Superseries Finals crown

PV Sindhu qualified for the Superseries final owing to her great run at the China Open which she won and followed it up with a runner-up finish at the Hongkong Open Superseries.

Sindhu is the lone Indian player at the Superseries finals event this year.

The Olympic silver medallist will look to cap off her perfect season with a title at Dubai.

Sindhu's head-to-head records against group stage rivals

Sindhu has a 2-1 record against Yamaguchi, whom she last beat at 2016 Uber Cup. She has a 3-5 record against Marin, the last meeting being Olympic final. Against Sun Yu, Sindhu holds an even 3-3 record. Sindhu won their recent encounter (China Open final).
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15 Dec 2016A winning start for PV Sindhu at Dubai Finals

16 Dec 2016Sun Yu defeats Sindhu at World Superseries Finals

China's Sun Yu avenged her China Open final loss to PV Sindhu after defeating her at the World Superseries Finals in Dubai.

Sindhu lost 15-21, 17-21 in a match which lasted 49 minutes and will now face Carolina Marin in a must win match to reach the semi-finals.

Sun Yu has virtually entered the semis with two wins from two games.

17 Dec 2016Sindhu defeats Carolina Marin at World Super Series Finals

PV Sindhu defeated Spain's Carolina Marin to enter the semi-finals of BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai.

Playing in her maiden Super Series Finals, Sindhu won in straight sets 21-17, 21-13 in just 46 minutes.

Sindhu finished on the second place in her group behind China's Sun Yu and will face Sung Ji-hyun in the semi-finals.