- Sindhu won 21-13, 21-12
- Sindhu defeated World No.9
- Srikanth lost 18-21, 18-21
PV Sindhu continued her scintillating form of the season as she won her second consecutive match in the BWF World Super Series Final. The Indian defeated Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-13, 21-12 in her Group A match pretty comfortably. It was heartbreak for Srikanth as he crashed out of the tournament after slumping to his second defeat of the tournament. He lost to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen in straight sets to end this year’s campaign at the finals.
For Sindhu, it was smooth sailing for the second day in a row as he duplicated her performance from the opening day to reach the semi-finals of the Dubai Super Series. Sindhu took just 36 minutes to dispatch Sato in straight sets to win 21-13, 21-12. She hardly broke a sweat throughout the match as her superiority over her opponent was visible throughout the match. After facing a tough fight from Sato in the beginning moments of the game with the score being tightly tied at 11-8 in the first half of the first set Sindhu upped her game a notch to concede only 5 more points in the set. Dismantling Sato in the first set by 8 points, she all but killed off the game even before the second set had begun. Her super quick smashes, cat-like quick returns and tactical expertise sealed the match for her as she went on to win the second set 21-12 and take home the match in grand style. She now plays her final Group A match against world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. The match will serve as good match practice for both with both having qualified to the knockout stages of the tournament.
Kidambi Srikanth failed to have the same success as Sindhu as he fell again in his second match of Group B. After losing to World No.1 Viktor Axelsen in the first match he fell again 18-21, 18-21 against Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen. Failing to learn from the mistakes of his first match, Srikant did not show any improvements to his game and ended up losing in only 43 minutes to seal his fate in the league. He will now play an inconsequential final third match after having failed to make the semi-finals with his second consecutive loss.