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Patna : Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin, 27, Spain, who had recently won women’s singles titles at Toyota Thailand Open and Yonex Thailan Open, and World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying, 26, Taiwan, who was runner-up at both these tournaments, on January 27, 2021, won gtheir respective Group Stage matches at HSBC Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals.

World No 6 Carolina beat  Evgeniya  Kosetkaya, 26, Russia, in straight games 21-19, 21-14 in 40 minutes at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, Thailand, on January 27, 2021.

Tai Tzu Ying beat 2019 World Champion P V Sindhu, 25, in a tough three-game contest 19-21, 21-12, 21-17 in 59 minutes in Group Stage match rallying back from one game down. Sindhu, after the match, said she was happy with her performance. It was a close contest, she said.

World No 9 A N Se Young, 18, South Korea, beat Michele Li, 29, Canada, in straight Games 21-12, 21-17 in Group Stage match.