In Badminton, world champion PV Sindhu and former World No. 1 Srikanth Kidambi will lead India’s challenge at the Indonesia Open, starting in Bali, today. The tournament, which is a Super 1000 event, will feature all the Indian shuttlers that competed at last week’s Indonesia Masters, where two Indians, Sindhu and Srikanth, reached the semi-finals.
The third-seeded, Sindhu will begin her campaign against Japan’s Aya Ohori while Srikanth will face compatriot Prannoy.
World No. 16 B Sai Praneeth will meets France’s Toma Junior Popov in the opening round.
Lakshya Sen, will face top seed and two-time world champion Kento Momota in his opening match, while Parupalli Kashyap squares off with Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew.
Among other Indians in the fray, the sixth-seeded men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty has got a bye in the opening round, while MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will face Korea’s Choi SolGyu and Kim Won Ho.
The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will face the fifth-seeded Bulgarian duo of Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva.
In mixed doubles, Ashwini will pair up with B Sumeeth Reddy, while Sikki Reddy will play with Kapila. Juhi Dewangan and Venkat Gaurav Prasad are also in the fray in the mixed doubles.