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China Open: Sindhu, Saina eye title; Srikanth pulls out

PV Sindhu will meet Yvonne Li in the first round of China Open

Bengaluru, November 5: Top Indian shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will aim for the title at the China Open Super 750, beginning on Tuesday (November 5) in Fuzhou, China. Meanwhile, compatriot Kidambi Srikanth is set to miss the tournament.

Former world number one Srikanth was pitted against reigning two-time world championship and numero uno ranked Kento Momota of Japan in his opening round but he pulled out of the tournament. Srikanth will now feature at the Hong Kong Open World Tour Super 500, next week.

All eyes will also be on men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who had reached the finals at the French Open last month.

Sindhu and Saina will once again be India's best bet alongside the surging doubles pair as they look to put up a good show this week, but they will have their task cut out in Fuzhou.

Both Sindhu and Saina had made early exits in three successive tournaments at China, Korea and Denmark before somewhat regaining form with a quarterfinal finish at the French Open and the duo will be desperate to go deep in the draw.

Marin or Tzu Ying challenge awaits Sindhu

Marin or Tzu Ying challenge awaits Sindhu

Sixth seed Sindhu, who claimed the World Championship gold in August, will begin her campaign against Germany's Yvonne Li. Sindhu is likely to face either three-time World Champion Carolina Marin or World number one Tai Tzu Ying in the quarterfinals if she clears the initial rounds.

Saina braced to meet Yamaguchi

Saina braced to meet Yamaguchi

Saina, on the other hand, might come across Japan's second seed Akane Yamaguchi in the last-eight but has to trump her opponents in the first two rounds. The eighth seed Saina will open against China's Cai Yan Yan.

Other Indians in fray

Other Indians in fray

The BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament will also feature a host of Indian male shuttlers as they vie for honours this week.

In men's singles, B Sai Praneeth, who had won a bronze at the World championships, will face Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia.

Sameer Verma will square off against Hong Kong's Lee Cheuk Yiu, while HS Prannoy, who recently recovered from a bout of dengue, is up against Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.

Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, who had reached the semifinals at India Open and Korea Open, will face Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin in the opening round.

Doubles in action

Doubles in action

In doubles, Satwik and Chirag will look to continue their good run as they open against Korean combination of Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae. Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face Malaysian pairing of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in the first round.

In Women's doubles, the pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will meet China's Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu, while Satwik and Ashwini will take on Canadian pair of Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu in the mixed doubles.

Another mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will face off against Chinese Taipei's Wang Chi-Lin and Cheng Chi Ya.

(With PTI inputs)

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Story first published: Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 11:26 [IST]
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