Sindhu, who won silver at the 2017 BWF World Championships, took one hour and four minutes to win. She looked extremely worn out, listless and quite unsure of her decision-making on the court.
Indian shuttlers enjoyed a fruitful 2017 season, with Srikanth winning Indonesia Open, Australia Open, Denmark Open and the French Open, while PV Sindhu won the India Open and Korea Open and Sai Praneeth defeated compatriot Srikanth to win the Singapore Open.
She has won the India Open and Korea Open this year.
The first game was swiftly surrendered and when Srikanth failed to build up an early lead in the second game, the writing was on the wall. The Indian would surely be looking forward to building on that form. The Pullela Gopichand protégé simply needs to stamp her authority right at the beginning and never relinquish her grip on the match.
By far the toughest opponent in the group, and if Sindhu wants to avoid the victor of Group A, this match becomes a must-win.
Kidambi Srikanth will next face Chou Tien-chen of Chinese Taipei
Srikanth, however, fell to world no.1 Viktor Axelsen in the men's singles in a Group B clash. Nor did the fact that the Dane had beaten him in their last meeting in Japan, trouble him. The 24-year-old stressed on how hard each and every match will be in this tournament. She matched the Indian star in every shot, and from the score of 7-7 started to dominate.
That is the kind of fearless game the Guntur-born ace can produce when he is totally fit.
World No. 3 P. V. Sindhu has been drawn in the Group A of the women's category for the Dubai World Superseries Finals. Axelsen, seeded eighth in the tournament, is the current world number one and the defending champion and he showed no mercy to dismantle the Indian's defence.
World number three Sindhu has been clubbed along with number two ranked Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, Sayako Sato (world number 15), also of Japan, and Bingjiao (world number nine) in Group A. All the four players will meet each other in a round-robin format.
This will be the match to watch on Day 1 of the 2017 World Superseries Finals and there's every possibility that the victor of this one can top the group.