Kidambi Srikanth Pulls Out Of China Open

Fuzhou (China): Ace India shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will give the upcoming China Open a miss though other top Indian shuttlers, including as P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, will be aiming for glory when they begin their campaign at the $700,000 event beginning here on Tuesday.

Former World No. 1 Srikanth was slated to take on reigning two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan in the opening round, but he decided to pull out of the tournament.

India will also their pin hopes on the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who made it to the final of the French Open last month.

Sindhu and Saina, on the other hand, had crashed early in three back-to-back tournaments in China, Korea and Denmark and the duo will surely aim to regain form soon.

Sixth seed Sindhu, who claimed the World Championships gold in August, will begin her campaign against Germany’s Yvonne Li, while eighth seed Saina will take on China’s Cai Yan Yan in the first round.

B. Sai Praneeth, who settled for a bronze at the World Championships, will take on Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia, while Sameer Verma will begin his campaign against Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu.

H.S. Prannoy will clash against Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in the first round.

Parupalli Kashyap, who reached the semifinals at the India Open and Korea Open, will face Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin in the opening round.

India’s mixed doubles pair of Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra will take on Taiwan’s Wang Chi-Lin and Cheng Chi Ya in the first round.