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Sindhu eyes constant run, Sameer appears to be like for good outing at French Open

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India’s double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu will look to iron out her flaws when she competes on the French Open Tremendous 750 badminton match, beginning right here on Tuesday.

Taking part in her first occasion in two months, Sindhu appeared a bit sluggish ultimately week’s Denmark Open, the place she misplaced within the quarterfinals to fast-rising Korean An Seyoung.

She had struggled previous Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan to achieve the last-eight stage.

Sindhu, the reigning world champion, did not have any plan B in opposition to An, who did not enable the Indian to play her attacking recreation.

The 26-year-old from Hyderabad, who will open in opposition to Denmark’s Julie Dawall Jakobsen this week, might want to get her aggressive self again and in addition strengthen her protection if she hopes to achieve the rostrum.

She is more likely to come throughout opponents like Denmark’s Line Christophersen and Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan or Scotland’s Kristy Gilmour within the subsequent rounds.

London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who was troubled by a groin damage on the Uber Cup Remaining however performed at Denmark Open solely to lose within the opening spherical, will hope to make a successful begin when she opens in opposition to Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi right here.

In males’s singles, all eyes will probably be on Sameer Verma after his gorgeous run final week.

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The 25-year-old from Madhya Pradesh surprised world quantity three Anders Antonsen in Odense earlier than retiring from the quarterfinals in opposition to Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto as a consequence of a calf damage and he’ll must be on the high of his recreation when he faces sixth seeded Indonesian Jonatan Christie.

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Kidambi Srikanth will get one other likelihood to avenge his final week’s loss when he faces world primary kento Momota of Japan within the opening spherical.

Whereas Srikanth did put up a battle within the opening recreation, he ran out of steam within the second in opposition to Momota, who put up a strong show within the match to ultimately attain the finals at Denmark.

In one other match, in-form Lakhsya Sen will tackle Tokyo-returned B Sai Praneeth in an all-Indian contest.

Former high 10 participant, H S Prannoy had an honest outing at Denmark and may have his job minimize out in opposition to fourth seeded Chou Tien Chen of Chinese language Taipei, whereas Sourabh Verma too faces an uphill job in opposition to fifth seeded Anthony Sinisuka Gingting.

Parupalli Kashyap, who had retired within the opening spherical final week as a consequence of a hamstring damage, will meet France’s Brice Leverdez within the first spherical right here.

In males’s doubles, world quantity 10 duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, seeded fifth, will sq. off in opposition to Chinese language Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan, whereas proficient pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila face Eire duo of Joshua Magee and Paul Reynolds.

Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will tackle Korean mixture of Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baekcheol.

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Within the girls’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy open in opposition to high seeds Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan of Korea, whereas Meghana Jakkampudi and S Ram Poorvisha will cross swords with Netherlands’ Alyssa Tirtosentono and Imke Van Der Aar.

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Satwiksairaj and Ashwini may also pair up, taking over Denmark’s Mathias Thyrri and Mai Surrow within the combined doubles opener.

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