India Open | Srikanth-Loh Kean Yew face-off on cards; Sindhu, Sen get easy draws


Srikanth and Kidambi, who’ve been drawn in the identical half, would possibly conflict in what might be a rematch of their World Championships ultimate

Comeback man Kidambi Srikanth would possibly conflict with Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in a rematch of their World Championships ultimate after being drawn in the identical half, whereas P.V. Sindhu and Lakshya Sen acquired easy draws within the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2022 to be held from January 11 to 16.

Top seed Srikanth, who regained his place in world’s top-10, will open his marketing campaign towards compatriot Siril Verma and is more likely to get one other likelihood to avenge his loss towards World champion Loh Kean Yew as they’re drawn to conflict within the semifinals.

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, seeded high, will hope to put declare on her first title of the brand new yr when she begins her marketing campaign towards compatriot Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli.

The26-year-old may face Russian fifth seed Evgeniya Kosetskaya within the last-8 stage.

Fans can be hoping for the marquee all-India summit conflict between Sindhu and the previous World No. 1 Saina Nehwal, who has additionally acquired a comparatively robust draw.

The London Olympics bronze medallist and fourth seed Nehwal, who endured a troublesome yr plagued with a number of accidents, is more likely to sq. off towards seventh seed Iris Wang of USA within the quarter-finals and second seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan within the semi-finals.

Organised by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), the $400,000 Super 500 occasion will kickstart the 2022 BWF World Tour season.

In-form Sen, who claimed a maiden bronze on the World Championships, will begin his marketing campaign towards Adham Elgamal of Egypt and will face compatriot and World Championships quarter-finalist HS Prannoy within the quarterfinals.

Prannoy, who’s making a comeback after battling put up COVID after-affects, is about to kickstart his problem towards Spaniard Pablo Abian.

Second seed B Sai Praneeth, who additionally had a troublesome 2021, would even be trying to begin the yr on a excessive as he opens towards Spain’s Luis Penalver within the opening spherical. He may face Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto within the quarter-finals.

Sixth seed Sameer Verma, who had suffered a calf muscle damage in Denmark, can even look to go deep into the draw after beginning his marketing campaign towards his elder brother Sourabh.

India’s high males’s pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, seeded second, will open towards compatriot Ravi and Chirag Arora and are more likely to meet fourth seeded pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy from England within the Last-4 stage.

In ladies’s doubles, second seeded pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy may have an easy path to the quarterfinals.

However, taking part in together with B Sumith Reddy, Ponnappa will face a troublesome problem within the blended doubles as they are going to be up towards second seeded Russian duo of Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova of their opening spherical match.

“It has been robust two years for all of us however we’re very excited to host this match as soon as once more,” BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania stated.

“Unfortunately, protecting gamers’ and different stakeholders’ security as topmost precedence, this mega occasion might be performed with out spectators. BAI will guarantee execution of this match beneath strict COVID protocols.” The eleventh version of the celebrated match, which is making a return after a two-year break because of the coronavirus pandemic, might be performed on the Okay.D. Jadhav Indoor Hall on the Indira Gandhi Stadium.

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