Star shuttlers HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu received a first-round bye as India were dealt a mixed draw in the individual events of the badminton competition at the Asian Games on Sunday. World No. 7 Prannoy, who missed the team championship final due to a back injury, will be hoping to recover in time as he faces Mongolia’s Batdavaa Munkhbat in the second round, while Kidambi Srikanth, a former world No. 1 , will face Le Duc Phat of Vietnam in the opening round. World Championships bronze medalist Prannoy, seeded fifth, could face Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia or Thai world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the quarter-finals.
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In women’s singles, seventh seed Sindhu opens her campaign against Wen Chi Hsu of Chinese Taipei in the second round.
The former world champion, who is having a tough season, is likely to meet Indonesia’s Putri Kusuma Wardani and China’s He Bing Jao in the next rounds if she can overcome the hurdles.
The other Indian in the women’s singles, left-handed Ashmita Chahila, also received a bye in the first round and will face fifth-seeded Indonesian Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the second round.
Star doubles pair Chirag Shetty and Satwik Rankireddy open against Hong Kong’s Lui Chun Wai and Chow Hin Long and are expected to meet Indonesian duo Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Marthin in the second round.
The world’s No. 3 pair will likely face the formidable combination of Aaron Chia and Malaysia’s Soh Wooi Yik later in the tournament.
Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun will take on Japanese pair of Takuro Hoki and Yogi Kobayashi, while women’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will take on Maldives’ Aminath Razzaq and Fathimath Razzaq in the first round.
In the mixed doubles, Rohan Kapoor and N Sikki Reddy will face world number 12 Lai Shevon Jemie and Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat, while Tanisha and Sai Pratheek will face Leong Lok Chong and Weng Chi in the first round NG from Macau.
Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponappa open in the first round against Maldives’ Maisa Ismail and Aisath Rasheed, but the duo are likely to face world number 5 Zhang Su Xian and Zheng Yuw in the second round.
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