PV Sindhu solo Indian classifier for the BWF Tour finals
HYDERABAD: In addition to the title of the PV World Championship Sindhu, 2019 has been an unforgettable year for the Indians badminton .
The list of qualifiers announced for the BWF World Tour Finals confirms this fact. Except for Sindhu, none of the Indians reached the Tour Finals in any of the five categories. The eight best artists in a calendar year came to the end of the year event that begins in Guangzhou from December 11.
The irony is that even Sindhu, who is the defending champion, would have lost the cut by a large margin if he hadn't won the world title. World champions automatically qualify even if they do poorly at other events.
Sindhu ranks 15th in the World Tour ranking and is the only player among the 40 participants, who is out of the top 9 in the Tour ranking.
Saina Nehwal He won the Indonesian Masters in January and that was the only individual title that the Indians won in an important event apart from the world crown of Sindhu. The Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag men's doubles team won the Thailand Open in July, but missed many events due to injuries and, therefore, failed to improve their world rankings.
Such is the poor performance of the Indians that Saina is ranked number 23 on the World Tour and the next Indian girl was Riya Mookerjee at number 63.
In single men, Parupalli Kashyap He was the best ranked Indian in No. 16, ahead of Sai Praneeth (No.17) and Kidambi Srikanth (No.18).
Satwik and Chirag, the best pair of doubles in India, languish at number 22. In women's doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy are at number 21, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki are placed at number 22 in mixed doubles .
Head coach Gopichand pulley He attributed it to the packed international calendar and the persistent injuries from the poor spectacle of the Indian ferries. Saina and Srikanth have even chosen not to participate in the Premier Badminton League next month to concentrate more on getting fit.
While tight programming is a given, since BWF insists that the best players participate in a minimum of 12 tournaments, the same goes for other ferries as well. Better workload management is the need for time, as Indians face the possibility of losing the Olympic qualification if they do not remain in the top 16 of the world rankings.