Indian shuttlers had far from impressive campaigns in the 2019 season on the BWF tour. While the likes of Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth began well, their forms took a nosedive towards the end of the season.
PV Sindhu and Sai Praneeth shone at the World Championships with the former picking up her 1st ever gold medal and the latter winning a bronze in the men’s singles category.
The likes of HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma struggled for consistency, capping off one of the toughest years for Indian shuttlers on the tour.
Eventually, PV Sindhu was the only Indian shuttler who qualified for the BWF World Tour Finals 2019, scheduled to be held between December 11 and 16 in Guangzhou.
PV Sindhu wouldn’t have made it to the 8-woman singles event at BWF World Tour Finals had she not won the World Championships this year. PV Sindhu finished outside top 8 (15) on the BWF Race to Guangzhou Rankings. However, world champions get direct entry to the year-ending major tournament.
China’s star shuttler Chen Yufei leads the women’s singles event with 10,6760 points followed by Thailand’s Rathanok Intanon with 10.4060 points.
World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying has qualified at the 5th spot with 92,910 points. Japanese star Nozomi Okuhara and Akane Yamaguchi will be in the women’s singles field in Guangzhou. He Bingjiao of China and Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan complete the list.
In men’s singles, Kento Momota leads the list with 110118 points. China have only one shuttler in Chen Long while Denmark have Anders Antonsen and Viktor Axelsen. Indoneesia have both their star shuttlers in Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonathan Christie. Chinese Taipei also have 2 shuttlers in Chou Tien Chen and Tzu Wei Wang.
In the men’s doubles, india’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty missed out on a spot at the year-ending tournament despite their late surge. The Indian duo missed quite a few this year with injury issues.
Full list of shuttlers qualified for BWF World Tour Finals
Kento Momota (Japan)
Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei)
Jonathan Christie (Indonesia)
Chen Long (China)
Viktor Axelsen (Denmark)
Anthony Ginting (Indonesia)
Anders Antonsen (Denmark)
Tzu Wei Wang (Chinese Taipei)
Chen Yu Fei (China)
Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand)
Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
Nozomi Okuhara (Japan)
Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei)
He Bing Jiao (China)
Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Thailand)
PV Sindhu (India)
Marcus Fernaldi/Kevin Sanjaya (Indonesia)
Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia)
Takeshi Nakamura/Keigo Sonoda (Japan)
Li Jun Hui/Liu Yu Chen (China)
Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto (Indonesia)
Endo Hiroyuki/Yuta Watanabe (Japan)
Lu Ching Yao/Yang Po Han (Chinese Taipei)
Yuki Fukushim/Sayaka Hirota (Japan)
Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara (Japan)
Kim So Yeong/Hee Yong Kong (Korea)
Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (Japan)
Chen Qing Chen/Jia Yi Fan (China)
Polli Greysia/Rahayu Apriyani (Indonesia)
Du Yue/Li Yin Hui (China)
Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan (Korea)
Dechapol/Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Thailand)
Si Wei Zheng/Ya Qiong Huang (China)
Chan Peng Soon/Liu Ying Goh (Malaysia)
Praveen Jordan/Melati Daeva Oktavianti (Indonesia)
Li Lyu Wang/Dong Ping Huang (China)
Yuta Watanabe/Higashino Arisa (China)
Hafiz Faizal/Widjaja Gloria Emanuelle (Indonesia)
Seung Jae Seo/YuJung Chae (Korea)
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