India’s top shuttlecocks, including two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, are hoping to find their rhythm as they begin their campaign in the main draw of the Asia Badminton Championships in Dubai on Wednesday. The 40th edition of the prestigious continental competition started on Tuesday with the qualifying rounds, while the main draw with all the top players only takes place from Wednesday. It will be a tough task for India to return with a medal as most of the top players struggle with rhythm and form this season.
India has so far won 17 medals at ABC with Dinesh Khanna claiming the only gold in 1965 and the likes of Sindhu, Prannoy and Lakshya will really have to play their hearts out to break the title drought.
On a comeback trial after a long injury layoff, Sindhu has shown some spark as she reached the final of the Madrid Spain Masters and the 8th-seeded Indian hopes to find her ‘A’ game as she continues her campaign against Taiwan’s Wen Chi begins. -hsu.
In men’s singles, world No. 9 HS Prannoy has been consistent and will prepare for the bigger fights with a good opening round showing against Myanmar’s Phone Pyae Naing, while 2021 World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth , will face the Adnan Ebrahim.
Former world No. 6 Lakshya Sen has had a rough patch in 2023 as his ranking plummeted after a string of early exits, forcing the Indian to take a break.
The Commonwealth Games champion has a tough road ahead with former world champion Loh Kean Yew from Singapore heading into the opening round.
In the women’s singles, Malvika Bansod will face top seed and last year’s finalist Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, while Aakarshi Kashyap will meet Indonesia’s Komang Ayu Cahya Dewi.
In men’s doubles, the sixth-seeded pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who won the Swiss Open super 300 title early this year, will open against Malaysian combination Tan Kian Meng and Tan Wee Kiong.
MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, and Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala are also confused.
The women’s doubles pair Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand, the bronze medalists of the Commonwealth Games, will face Indonesia’s Lanny Tria Mayasari and Ribka Sugiarto.
Also in the fray are Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam, and Haritha Manazhiyil and Ashna Roy.
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