Sindhu gets favourable draw, tough outing for Saina as international competition returns in Thailand – other sports
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu has been handed comparatively a straightforward draw however tough outings await Saina Nehwal as the Indian duo returns to international competition in Thailand, almost 10 months after COVID-19 pandemic halted all tournaments globally.
Sindhu and Saina didn’t take part in Denmark Open Super 750 and SaarLorLux Super 100 — the one two occasions which may very well be carried out since BWF was pressured to droop the calender after the completion of the All England Championships in March.
Now all eyes are on the 2 Super 1000 occasions — Yonex Thailand Open (January 12-17) and Toyota Thailand Open (January 19-24) as the world’s greatest returns to motion following a chronic break.
World champion Sindhu, seeded sixth, will open in opposition to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, whereas Saina, who has not too long ago recovered from COVID-19, will face formidable Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, seeded third, in the primary spherical. In the subsequent match, Sindhu, who has certified for the Tokyo Olympics and has been coaching in London for the final two months, will meet Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the opening spherical, whereas London Olympics bronze medallist Saina will sq. off in opposition to one other Thai star participant Ratchanok Inthanon, seeded fourth.
The 25-yr-outdated Sindhu has been seeded sixth in each the tournaments, in line with the attracts introduced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday.
In the boys’s singles, a complete of seven Indians, together with former world No. 1 Kidambi Srikanth, Olympic-bound B Sai Praneeth and younger Lakshya Sen, will probably be taking part in each the occasions.
Srikanth, who had reached the quarterfinals at Denmark Open in October, will cross swords with fellow Indian Sourabh Verma in the opening spherical in the primary Thailand occasion whereas Lakshya, who misplaced in second spherical at Odense, will probably be up in opposition to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke.
Praneeth will struggle it out in opposition to native participant Kantaphon Wangcharoen.
HS Prannoy will tackle eight seed Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia, former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap meets Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto whereas Sameer Verma faces Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.
Srikanth will sq. up in opposition to native participant Sitthikom Thammasin in the second occasion and Praneeth will tackle Malaysia’s Daren Liew in comparatively simpler attracts however Lakshya faces an uphill job in opposition to second seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei. Among others, Kashyap will face Gemke, Prannoy will face off sixth seed and Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, whereas Verma brothers — Sameer and Sourabh will meet eight seed Zii Jia and fifth seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia respectively.
Indian males’s pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who’ve additionally certified for the Tokyo Games, will face Korean mixture of Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae in the primary occasion, whereas it is going to be an all-Indian duel in the second match with the world no 10 pair taking up Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.
Thailand has been coping with professional-democracy protest actions and has not too long ago seen a spike in COVID-19 circumstances as properly.
However, BWF stated “The YONEX Thailand Open and TOYOTA Thailand Open, plus the season ending HSBC BWF World Tour Finals will go ahead as planned, with the world’s best badminton players to ascend on Bangkok, Thailand.” Chinese gamers will, nonetheless, miss the 2 occasions.
“Chinese Badminton Association (CBA) has also confirmed the withdrawal of its team from both tournaments,” The world governing physique stated in a press release.