Thursday, March 30, 2023

Malaysia Open: Sindhu returns from damage as Indian shuttlers look to shine

PV Sindhu will face a tricky take a look at on her return from a five-month damage lay-off as prime Indian shuttlers, together with HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen, will goal to start out the yr on a constructive word on the Malaysia Open from Tuesday.

Following a highly-successful 2022, India’s star shuttlers will hope to lift the bar additional in 2023, throughout which the Paris Olympic qualification interval will begin in Could.

With loads of rating factors at stake, Indian shuttlers will be a part of the opposite huge stars akin to World No.1 Viktor Axelsen, Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia, Akane Yamugachi, Tai Tzu ying as they goal for a great present within the USD 1,250,000 Tremendous 1000 match right here.

Double Olympic medallist Sindhu, who’s coming back from an ankle damage, begins her marketing campaign in opposition to former World Champion Carolina Marin of Spain.

Sindhu final performed on the Commonwealth Video games in August and it will likely be an attention-grabbing battle in opposition to Marin, who has received the final three encounters in opposition to the Indian and likewise boasts of a greater 9-5 head-to-head file.

Within the males’s singles, World No.10 Sen, the one seeded Indian participant, will interact in a spherical of one-upmanship in opposition to compatriot and world no. 8 Prannoy within the opening spherical.

In the meantime former world no. 1 Kidambi Srikanth will open his marketing campaign in opposition to Japan’s unseeded Kenta Nishimoto. A win is more likely to put Srikanth up in opposition to fifth seed Jonatan Christie with defending champion Axelsen additionally positioned in the identical quarter.

Within the males’s doubles, World No.5 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who received the CWG title, India Open and French Open in 2022, will cross swords with South Korea’s Choi Sol-gyu and Kim Wan-ho within the first spherical.

World championships bronze medallists Satwik and Chirag, seeded seventh, are more likely to face dwelling favourites Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik within the quarterfinal if they will cross the preliminary rounds.

Saina Nehwal, Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod are additionally within the fray within the ladies’s singles.

Whereas Saina will meet China’s unseeded Han Yue, Aakarshi will sq. up in opposition to Chinese language Taipei’s Hsu Wen-chi and Malvika will face second seed An Se-young of Korea.

In ladies’s doubles, CWG bronze medallists Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will tackle Hong Kong’s Yeung Nga Ting and Yeung Pui Lam within the first spherical, whereas Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam are pitted in opposition to Thailand’s Supissara Paewsampran and Putita Supajirakul.

India’s combined doubles pair Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto will face Netherland’s Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek within the first spherical.

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