Bali. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu looks set to lead the Indian race to the Indonesian Masters Super 750 badminton race to take the title while Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma will miss the event due to injuries. Copy Olympic bronze medalist in Tokyo Sindhu has not been able to win for a long time. He recently reached the quarter-finals in Denmark and the semi-finals in France. He won his final title as the 2019 World Cup. He reached the final of the Swiss Open earlier this year.
The third Indian seed well remembers Indonesia. She made her last visit two years ago in Jakarta. He will face Supanida Katthong of Thailand in his first match. Sindhu is expected to take on Clara Ajurmendi of Spain as well as Canadian seed sixth Michelle Lee in the next two rows. He is due to face Japan’s Akine Yamaguchi in the semi-finals. London Olympics bronze medalists Saina and Sameer will miss the race due to injuries. Signature suffers from hip muscle tension while Sameer suffers from calf muscle tension.
All eyes will be on Kidambi Sri Lanka and Lakshya Sen. Lakshya will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in his one-man match, while Srikanth will face the finalists after Sameer’s exit. Olympian B Sai Praneeth will face Shesar Hiren Rustawito of Indonesia while HS Prannoy will face sixth Indonesian Jonathan Christie in his opening match. Parupalli Kashyap meets Hans-Kristian Solberg Wittinges of Denmark.
In two men’s groups, two of the six Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will face Ong Yu Sin and Teo E Yi of Malaysia while MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will take on Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi of Japan. Two women Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will fight Alexandra Boe and Mette Poulsen of Denmark. In the mixed game, Ashwini has teamed up with B Sumeeth Reddy and Sikki has teamed up with Dhruv Kapila.