Indonesia Super Series: PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen Solid focus as India starts well
Lakshay Sen and HS Prannoy, heroes of India’s historic Thomas Cup, clashed in the quarterfinals against the Indonesia Open, where Saina Nehwal could face arch-enemy Carolina Marin in the second round. of the Super Series 500 event, which begins Tuesday. India’s space shuttles will be at the forefront of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games, which kicks off on July 28.
The men’s space shuttle athletes reached new heights with their Thomas Cup victory, where India beat 14-time champion Indonesia to take their first title.
World No 9 Lakshay, 7th seed, will face Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark in a complicated clash in the opening round. The leader of the Indian table has a 0-2 head-to-head record against Kristian.
Sen last faced him at the Danish Open in 2020 when he lost his pre-quarter final to the hosts. The 20-year-old will want to improve his record against Kristian.
Without Thomas Cup hero Kidambi Srikkanth, the main draw featured four Indians with the other two being Parupalli Kashyap and Sameer Verma.
Prannoy will also face a Danish man in Rasmus Gemke, the same opponent the Indians defeated in a third must-win singles match in the Thomas Cup semi-final.
Drawn in the upper half, 37th seed Kashyap will face Tzu Wei Wang and if he overcomes the barrier in the first round he is expected to face the world No. 1 and the champion. Olympic Viktor Axelsen.
Saina Nehwal and Sindhu will lead the India challenge in the women’s singles main draw.
After reaching the semi-finals at the Thai Open, two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu will find a way to progress. She will start with a clash with Line Christophersen of Denmark.
Saina, who missed the Uber Cup after missing the tests, will open her campaign with Line Hoejmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark, who placed 33rd.
In the men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face local players Pramudya Kusumawardana and Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan.
There are two Indian pairs in the women’s doubles section.
Placed 22nd, Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy found themselves in the top half and opened against Brazil’s Jacqueline Lima and Samia Lima.
The Indian duo will face a potential clash in a tough second round with top-seeded Chinese duo Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan.
Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker were India’s second pair in the main draw, facing second seeds Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea, in the tournament’s opening match.
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