Eyes will be on Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu. (File Pic)
Indian badminton players recently achieved a historic victory in the Thomas Cup and these players are ready for a new challenge where they can play against each other.
Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy, the Indian team’s heroes after a historic win in the Thomas Cup, may face each other in the quarter-finals of the Indonesia Open starting on Tuesday, while this Super Series The women’s section of the 500 event will once again be expected to perform better from PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. Indian players would like to regain momentum from this tournament ahead of the Commonwealth Games starting on July 28. Men’s badminton players won the title for the first time by defeating 14-time champions Indonesia in the final of the Thomas Cup. With this victory, the morale of the Indian players is high.
Ranked ninth in the world rankings, Lakshya has been seeded seventh in the tournament. He will open his campaign against Hans-Kristian Solberg Wittinghus of Denmark. The top-ranked Indian would like to improve his record against Christian. In the two matches between the two, Sen has got disappointment every time.
Srikanth is not participating
Four Indians have got a place in the main draw in the absence of Thomas Cup hero Kidambi Srikanth. In which apart from Sen and Prannoy, the names of Parupalli Kashyap and Sameer Verma are included. Prannoy also has to face the Danish player in the opening round. He will face the challenge of Rasmus Gamke. The Indian player defeated Gemke in the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup. Kashyap, seeded 37th, will be challenged by Xu Wei Wang in the first round.
Sindhu will do wonders
Two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu will try to go further this time after being out of the semi-finals of the Thailand Open. She will begin her campaign against Denmark’s Rekha Kristofferson. Saina, who was ruled out of the Uber Cup for not participating in the trials, will face Denmark’s Line Hjmark Kjrsfeldt in the first round.
In the doubles category, these players are responsible
In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face local players Pramudya Kusumavardhan and Yeremiah Erich Yoche Yakub Rambitan in the opening round. There are two Indian pairs in the women’s doubles category. The 22nd seeded pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will face Brazil’s Jacqueline Lima and Samia Lima. Simran Singhi and Ritika Thakur will take on the South Korean pair of Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan in the first match of the tournament.
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