Fifth seeded PV Sindhu eyes the China Open starting from September


PV Sindhu the World Champion, currently the Fifth seeded will face the 2012 Olympic champion Li Xuerui in a blockbuster opening round.


PV Sindhu will play her first tournament after the World Championship triumph at the $1 million China Open, to be held in Changzhou from September 17-22.

“Sindhu will be flying out on September 14 for China,” her father PV Ramana said from Hyderabad after their short visit to Tirupati.

The China Open is one of the three Super 1000 (highest tier) tournaments on the BWF World Tour which Sindhu won in 2016.

Saina Nehwal

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who also won the event in 2014, has been seeded eighth and will play her opener against Thai Busanan Ongbamrungphan. Saina has been seeded No 1 for the $500,000 Chinese Taipei Open (September 3-8) and faces South Korean An Se Young in the first round.

Meanwhile, India’s brightest talents in men’s singles—Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth—will go head-to-head in the first round of China Open. While Srikanth won the event in 2014, Sai on Sunday became only the second Indian man to claim a medal (bronze) at the Worlds after Prakash Padukone.

The first round will also see another Indian exiting as 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap will face HS Prannoy while Sameer Verma will take on Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus.

Injury struck Carolin Martin during the Indonesia Masters final in January when, while leading 10-4 against Saina, the three-time world champion retired. Marin soon found out that she had ruptured her ACL.

The four-time European champion also expressed delight at Sindhu’s recent success. “She deserves it. She won silver medals in a lot of tournaments and right when I am not there is when she does it (wins gold). So we will see what happens at the upcoming tournaments,” said Marin.

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