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Sindhu and Prannoy set to lead Indian challenge at Malaysian Open Super 750 badminton championship

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Sindhu and Prannoy set to lead Indian challenge at Malaysian Open Super 750 badminton championship

New Delhi: PV Sindhu will want to immediately bounce back from her first-round ouster in the Indonesia Open this month, and HS Prannoy will target another steady performance as the pair will lead the Indian challenge in the Malaysia Open Super 750 competition beginning on Tuesday.

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At the Indonesia Open Super 1000 earlier this month, China’s He Bing Jiao knocked off two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu in the first round. She will have to put that setback behind her as she starts her campaign against a strong opponent, Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

While Sindhu leads the all-time series 5-3 against the Thai, Chochuwong, on the other hand, has defeated the Indian three times in their last five meetings, making their upcoming clash exciting.

If she wins her opening encounter and performs consistently, then Sindhu may have to face Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei of China.

Saina Nehwal, the London Olympics bronze medallist, could be seen on the court after a long time. She will start her campaign against the USA’s Iris Wang. If she crosses her first hurdle, then she has to play against Japanese sixth seed Nozomi Okuhara, a former world champion.

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HS Prannoy, the shuttler, played a pivotal role in India’s epic triumph in the Thomas Cup badminton championship. He is desperate to improve his individual performance and end a five-year title drought. He will have to encounter veteran Malaysian Daren Liew, whom he lost to at the Thailand Open in May this year.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will be back in action in doubles after missing the last two events amidst fitness problems. The duo will start their campaign against Malaysia’s Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee.

In mixed doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy, who have confirmed their berth in the Commonwealth Games squad to be held next month, will face the Netherlands’ Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek in their opening encounter.

Wasim Haque

 

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