India Open: Kidami Srikanth, Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy Clubbed in ‘Quarter Of Death’

India’s men’s singles players endured a tough draw with Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy – all participating in a round at the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open badminton tournament, scheduled Held in New Delhi from January 17 to 22. world champion and two Olympic medalist PV Sindhu will face her arch nemesis last season Supanida Katethong in the opening round of the upgraded BWF World Tour event. to the Super 750 category this year.

Meanwhile, defending champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will begin their men’s doubles campaign against Jeppe Bay and Lasse Molhede of Denmark, ranked 2nd. 31st in the world.

The fifth-seeded duo will be aiming for a potential quarterfinal against top seeds Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi of Japan, which will be the first major hurdle in their title defense.

The trio of Srikanth, Prannoy and Sen will carry India’s hopes in the tournament but given the draw, only one can overcome the final eight hurdles, including defending World and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen , China’s Shi Yu Qi and Japan’s Kento Momota.

Defending champion Sen will start his campaign against compatriot Prannoy and the match winner is likely to face Momota, who is looking to return in 2023 after struggling on form this year.

Former champion Srikanth must overcome the test of top seed Axelsen in the opening round with a potential clash with Shi, who has come back strong after nearly 10 months out.

Among others, fifth seed Sindhu faced Katethhong in a repeat semi-final of last season, which the Indian lost in three games.

The former world champion, who has been sidelined with a heel injury since the Commonwealth Games in August, is likely to clash with Chen Yufei in the quarterfinals.

The Old World does not. 1 Saina Nehwal, who has had a forgettable season with injuries, will start the match against Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark.

Bansod, Kashyap has a chance to make a mark

Malvika Bansod and Aakarshi Kashyap avoided a top 10 opponent in the opening round in their first appearance at Super 750 level.

The world does not. 30 Bansod will take on Thailand’s No. 1 position in the world. 11 Busanan Ongbamrungphan, while Kashyap, No. 1 in the world. 32, meet the former Indian Open champion and world No. 26 Beiwen Zhang of the United States in the opening round.

In the men’s doubles, number 1 in the world. 21 MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will face sixth seeds Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen of Denmark in the opening round, while Krishna Prasad G and Vishnuvardhan Goud P start their campaign against Ruben Jille and Ties Van Der Dutch Lecq.

In the women’s doubles, All England semi-finalists Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela will face Margot Lambert and Anne Tran of France in the opening round, while Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam will face off against France’s Margot Lambert and Anne Tran. eighth seeds Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan of Malaysia.

India’s only rival in mixed doubles, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Castro will face Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek of the Netherlands.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)

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