The 26-year-old Sindhu, the one Indian to win the celebrated title in 2018 and a finalist a 12 months earlier than, outplayed world no 23 Li 21-10, 21-13 in 31 minutes.
The reigning world champion will sq. off towards high seed Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand subsequent in her final group match.
World quantity 14 Kidambi Srikanth, who had reached the knockout stage within the 2014 version of the year-ending occasion, jeopardised his probabilities of making it to the knockout stage after happening 18-21 7-21 to three-time junior world champion Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn in his second males’s singles group B match.
Earlier, the ladies’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy suffered their second successive loss within the occasion, happening combating 19-21 20-22 to Bulgaria’s Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva to bow out of competition.
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The Indian duo will face England’s Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith of their final Group B match.
The highest males’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty handed a walkover to high seeded Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo after the previous complained of knee ache. The duo is not going to take additional participation within the event.
Sindhu appeared in good rhythm and performed at a great tempo, participating her rival briefly rallies and shortly jumped to a 5-1 lead, earlier than coming into the mid-game interval with a six-point benefit.
The Indian took the initiative and produced some good angled returns to bother her opponent.
Quickly Sindhu moved to 10 recreation factors with a exact down-the-line smash after which pocketed the opening recreation with a misleading internet shot.
After the change of sides, Li produced a greater present however Sindhu ensured she had her nostril forward on the interval as she led 11-8.
Sindhu dominated the roost after resumption, unleashing her smashes to assemble winners. The Indian finally grabbed seven match factors when Li went huge and sealed it after her opponent once more despatched the shuttle lengthy.
For Srikanth, it was his third defeat to Vitidsarn, having misplaced to him on the Sudirman Cup in September and Asia Workforce Championships final 12 months.
In Group B, Malaysian second seed Lee Zii Jia is on the high with two factors, whereas Srikanth and Vitidsarn shared some extent every after registering one victory and one loss.
Whereas Srikanth will face Lee Zii Jia in his third match, Vitidsarn will meet France’s Toma Junior Popov.
The winner will end within the high 2 and qualify for the knockout stage, and if each win their respective matches, it would boil right down to the variety of video games gained and misplaced.
The fast-rising world quantity 23 Vitidsarn was rewarded for his business and immaculate defence as he did not enable Srikanth to mount his assault. There was by no means a scarcity of dedication from Srikanth however his youthful rival was manner higher on the day.
Vitidsarn had ran up a 5-2 early lead and went into the break with a wholesome 11-6 benefit. A six-point burst allowed Srikanth to slender it right down to 13-15 however the Thai once more marched forward to 19-14 and shortly pocketed the opening recreation.
It was a one-way site visitors within the second recreation as Srikanth simply could not match his rival and the rallies the place he appeared to bother his opponent ended with him committing unforced errors.
Play was suspended as a result of poor visibility with Srikanth lagging 6-13 however it did not matter a lot as Vitidsarn closed out the match by taking the following Eight factors.
On Wednesday, Lakshya Sen, the youngest Indian to qualify for the year-ending occasion, made it to the semifinals after his opponent Kento Momota retired with a again damage and Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke, who can be in Group A, conceding his match towards compatriot Viktor Axelsen as a result of a knee damage.
With each Momota and Gemke pulling out, Lakshya and Axelsen are set to qualify from the group.