Round 1 matches of BWF World Super Series Finals 2017 saw only three upsets besides Long Chen pulling out due to injury. 2nd seed Srikanth Kidambi lost in Men’s Singles, 3rd seed Sung Ji Hyun lost in Women’s Singles and top seeds from Japan lost in Women’s Doubles. Tomorrow in 2nd matches Kidambi must win to survive while Sindhu’s win could put her foot in second consecutive semifinals.
Group A saw 4th seed PV Sindhu winning a tough three setter against 7th seed He Bingjiao, while top seed Akane Yamaguchi had it easy against 10th seed countrymate Sayaka Sato.
Group B saw defending champion 2nd seed Tai Tzu Ying won a tough match against 8th seed Yufei Chen (China) but 3rd seed Sung Ji Hyun lost to 5th seed Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) in straight sets.
Group A saw 7th seed Long Chen pulling out due to injury leaving as top seed Son Wan Ho won by walkover, while 4-time winner 4th seed Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) defeated 6th seed Angus (Hong Kong) in straight sets.
Group B saw 2nd seed Srikanth Kidambi losing to defending champion 8th seed Viktor Axelsen in straight sets while 3rd seed Shi Yuqi defeated 5th seed Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) in straight sets.
Group A saw top seed Indonesian pair winning comfortably against 6th seed pair of Mads from Denmark but 3rd seed Chinese pair lost against 5th seed Japanese pair.
Group B saw 2nd seed DMathias Boe / Mogensen (Denmark) and 4th seed Chinese pair winning against 8th seed Japanese pair and 7th seed Chinese Taipei pair, respectively.
Higher ranked pairs lost in Group A. Top seeds Shiho/Koharu of Japan lost to 6th seed Korean pair while 4th seed Chinese pair lost to 9th seed countrymates. Group B saw higher ranked teams won their matches in straight sets as 2nd seed Japanese pair of Yuki / Sayaka defeated 10th seed Chinese Taipei pair while 5th seed Kamilla/Christinna (Denmark) won against 8th seed Korean pair.
Group A saw higher seeds winning. Top seed Chinese pair won against 9th seed Japanese pair while 5th seed pair from Hong Kong won against 6th seed Indonesian pair in 3 sets.
Group B also had higher ranked teams winning with 3rd seed Chinese pair and 4th seed Indonesian pair defeating 2015 winner English couple of Adcocks and 8th seed Malaysian pair, respectively.
Round 2 Matches
Srikanth Kidambi to play Chinese Taipei player Tien Chen Chou against whom he lost in 2015 World Super Series Finals after winning their first match in 2014 Hong Kong Open. Sindhu will play against Sayaka Sato whom she leads 2-1 in career meets winning the last two matches at China Open and Australian Open.