India’s rising badminton star PV Sindhu set to showcase skills in Dubai

ncs_modified20161129135426maxw640imageversiondefaultar-161129076DUBAI  : India’s PV Sindhu, the women’s singles silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, will be making her debut alongside badminton’s elite at the prestigious season-ending Dubai World Superseries Finals following a spectacular surge in the final two qualifying events.

With only two events left on the 12-tournament qualifying World Superseries, Sindhu had little hope of making it to Dubai, ranked a modest No16 on the Destination Dubai rankings. Only the top eight in the men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles rankings qualify for the lucrative $1 million annual season-finale, which will be held from December 14-18 at the Hamdan Sports Complex this year.

Sindhu, 21, however, made a late surge up the ranking charts, winning the China Open to add 11,000 points to her tally before reaching the final in Hong Kong last week, where she lost 15-21, 17-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying.

“I did not think too far ahead,” Sindhu was quoted as saying on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) website. “I knew that if I did well, I would qualify for Dubai. I’m looking forward to it.

 “It’s an honour to play in Dubai, it’s an event that I have always wanted to qualify for. My form is good and hopefully it will continue in Dubai. I’m happy that I did well the last two weeks. I’m a bit upset I didn’t win Hong Kong, but Tai played better than me.”




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