P V Sindhu will spearhead the Indian challenge at the Hong Kong World Tour Super 500 Badminton tournament beginning in Kowloon, Hong Kong tomorrow.
Sindhu begins her campaign against Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol. Saina Nehwal faces the formidable Akane Yamaguchi, the second-seeded Japanese.
In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth will face Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in the opener. HS Prannoy opens his campaign against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen.
Sameer Verma will take on Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon in the first round. B Sai Praneeth will also face a Thai player in Khosit Phetpradab in the opening round.
The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will have to fight it out against former World No. 1 and London Olympic silver medallist combination of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.
Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will take on Thailand pair of Bodin Isara and Maneepong Jongjit in the opener.
In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will square off against the second-seeded Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the opening round.
Ashwini will also pair up with Satwik to take on Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Chia Hsin in mixed doubles.