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Kidambi Srikanth Pulls Out, Lakshya Sen Prime Indian Contender At German Open | Badminton Information

Lakshya Sen in motion© Twitter

Former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth has pulled out of the German Open Tremendous 300 badminton match which begins with the qualifiers on Tuesday. Whereas Srikanth will likely be lacking in motion, finalist of the final version, Lakshya Sen will hope to go the space this time as he spearheads the Indian problem. Sen, and newly-crowned nationwide champion Mithun Manjunath, would be the prime Indian gamers. Sen, the reigning Commonwealth Video games gold medallist, had defeated world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen within the semifinals, solely to lose the ultimate within the final version.

This time the 21-year-old from Almora, seeded sixth, will meet France’s Christo Popov within the opening spherical and is anticipated to face prime seed Malaysian Lee Zii Jia within the quarters, if he can cross the preliminary rounds.

“I would face Lee Zii Jia in quarterfinals, so wanting ahead to it. I’ve carried out all the things in my hand to method this week in greatest form, so hope to get a superb momentum forward of All England,” Sen stated.

Manjunath will likely be brimming with confidence after his maiden nationwide crown and can look to hold the momentum when he opens in opposition to former world champion Loh Kean Yew.

Malvika Bansod and Saina Nehwal are additionally within the girls’s singles draw, whereas the combined doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy, who had performed on the 2022 CWG, are additionally in fray.

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