Tai handed tough draw for Thai’s World Tour Finals

BANGKOK (AFP) – Badminton’s world number one Tai Tzu-ying was handed a tough draw at Thailand’s World Tour Finals yesterday as she was bracketed with home favourite Ratchanok Intanon and Indian star PV Sindhu.

Tai, former world champion Ratchanok and Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu were grouped together with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong for the round-robin stage of the biosecure tournament in Bangkok.

The delayed 2020 season finale, starting today, is the third behind-closed-doors event in three weeks in the Thai capital as badminton resumes after months of near-inactivity owing to the coronavirus.

Spanish top seed Carolina Marin, seeking a hat-trick of wins in Bangkok, will face South Korean teen sensation An Se-young, Canada’s Michelle Li and Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in Group A.

In the men’s singles, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen – who is also unbeaten over the past fortnight – faces Taiwan’s world number two Chou Tien-chen, Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting and Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia.