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Singapore Open 2022: Last Chance For Pv Sindhu To Find Momentum Before Birmingham Games, Prannoy Will Also Lead The Indian Challenge

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Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and in-form HS Prannoy will lead the Indian challenge at the Singapore Super 500 badminton tournament starting in Singapore on Tuesday. This is the last tournament ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games starting later this month. Sindhu (three) and Kidambi Srikanth (7) were the seeded players in the women’s and men’s categories, who got easy draws.

World No. 7 Sindhu will play Belgium’s Liane Tan in the first round. She is likely to play Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan against whom she has a 17-1 record in the last eight. Sindhu’s road to the semi-finals may be smooth but in the last four she could face arch-rival Tai Tzu Ying, who recently beat Sindhu six times in a row. Veteran Saina Nehwal will open her campaign against Malvika Bansod. The winner could face 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Hi Bing Xiao. In the men’s doubles category, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty withdrew. Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud will play for India and Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun will play. In women’s doubles, Pooja Dandu and Aarti Sara will play qualifiers in the first round. Srikanth, who is returning after the Indonesia Open, got an easy draw while world number one and Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen withdrew. Srikanth will face a qualifier in the first round while he is likely to take on compatriot B Sai Praneeth in the quarterfinals.

In the semi-finals, third-seeded Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei is likely to face runner-up at the Indonesia Masters. Prannoy, who lost in the semi-finals at Malaysia Masters and Indonesia Open, will face Thailand’s Sittikom Thammasin in the opening round. Parupalli Kashyap will play Jonathan Christie in the first round. Sameer Verma will play unseeded Li Shi Feng of China in the first round.

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Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and in-form HS Prannoy will lead the Indian challenge at the Singapore Super 500 badminton tournament starting in Singapore on Tuesday. This is the last tournament ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games starting later this month. Sindhu (three) and Kidambi Srikanth (7) were the seeded players in the women’s and men’s categories, who got easy draws.

World No. 7 Sindhu will play Belgium’s Liane Tan in the first round. She may have to play Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the last eight against whom she has a 17-1 record. Sindhu’s road to the semi-finals may be smooth but in the last four she could face arch-rival Tai Tzu Ying, who recently beat Sindhu six times in a row.

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