Lakshya Sen will join Kidambi Srikanth in the men’s singles competition.© Twitter
India’s Lakshya Sen will become the youngest shuttler in the country to qualify for the season-end HSBC BWF World Tour Finals which will be held from December 1 in Bali, Indonesia. The 20-year-old from Almora enjoyed an impressive run. on the BWF World Tour and is currently fifth on the World Tour rankings. He will join Kidambi Srikanth (3rd place) in the men’s singles competition, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu (4th) in women’s singles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy (6th) at the event, who was moved from Guangzhou to Bali due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Srikanth, Sameer Verma, Sindhu and London bronze medalist Saina Nehwal have competed in the year-end tournament in the past.
While Sindhu is the only Indian to have won the BWF World Cup final in 2018, Saina reached the top clash of the BWF Super Series final in 2011.
Srikanth and Sameer reached the knockout stage but could not enter the final.
Lakshya, who claimed five titles in 2019 before COVID-19 suspended the international circuit, was on the roll with a final finish at Dubai Open and semi-finals at Denmark Masters and Hylo Open.
In the Indonesia leg, Lakshya could not progress deep in the draw after losing twice to top-ranked and two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan.
The official list of players who qualify for the World Cup final will be announced after the ongoing Indonesian Open Super 1000 event.
The top eight players and pairs for each category in the Road to Bali rankings will be invited to compete, with only a maximum of two players or pairs per member club eligible to take part in the World Cup final.
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