If India’s top badminton player PV Sindhu is going to continue its consistent performance in the international circuit and win the China Open titles, starting Tuesday, then finding a way to recover from fatigue. During the defeat of Japan Open in the second round last week, the impact of fatigue was on Indus. This was the first time since the first round of the Denmark Open in October last year when Sindhu had come out of a tournament early.
This year’s Sindhu has performed well in the current season and has won three major championship bronze medals in Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Asian Games. He was successful in reaching the finals of India Open and Thailand Open.
However, due to busy schedules, there is not enough time for Indus to recover from fatigue. Olympic medalist and world champion silver medalist Sindhu won the $ 700,000 title China Open in 2016, and she is among the strong contenders of the women’s singles title of the BWF World Tour Super 1000 Tournament.
Third-seeded Sindhu will start her campaign against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngen Yi at the Olympic Sports Center Shin-cheng Gymnasium. Two-time gold medalist Saina Nehwal of Commonwealth Games will be feeling fresh after being out of the Japan Open and she has to face the tough challenge of the Korean’s Sung Ji Hyun in the first round. Saina, who won the China Open 2014 in 2014, has a record of 8-2 against Sung Ji and if she wins against the Korean player, then she can face China’s fifth seed Chen Efei.
If Saina and Sindhu win each other, then they can clash in the quarter-finals. Kidambi Srikanth, who won four titles in the last season, has not been able to perform as expected in the current season. Seventh-seeded Srikanth won the men’s singles silver medal in the Commonwealth Games but there was a lack of consistency in his performance. This year, Srikanth, who is the world’s number one player, will start his campaign against Denmark’s Rasmus Game.
In the quarter-finals, Srikanth may have to play with Kento Momota of Japan who beat him in Malaysia and Indonesia. HS Prannoy is to play against Hong Kong’s eighth NG against Long Angus in the first round. Among other Indians, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will face Kim Sō Yong and Kong Yong’s Korea pair.
In the men’s doubles, the pairs of Satviksaiyaraj Runkardi and Chirag Shetty, Manu Attri and B. Sumeet Reddy will face the challenge while Sattvik and Ashwini and Pranav will join in the mixed doubles, Jerry Chopra and Sikki in the court.