The absence of Saina Nehwal from the Indian contingent will sure hurt India’s medal hopes at the Korea Open. But youngster Kidambi Srikanth and the experienced Parupalli Kashyap are set to lead the medal hunt along with PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy.
Saina, Jwala-Ponnappa skip Korea Open
Saina Nehwal didn’t send her entry for the Korea Open. Meanwhile the experienced doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa did not participate due to the ill-health of Jwala Gutta.
Uphill battle for Indians in Korea
PV Sindhu will have a nightmare facing the former world champion Ratchanok Intanon, seeded third at the Korea Open. Sindhu lost all three meetings with the Thai in straight sets. However, the Indian can take heart in the fact that they last met in 2013 and a lot has changed since then.
Sindhu would be hopeful to make her mark in the tournament and the absence of top ranked Saina from women’s singles puts all pressure on PV Sindhu.
On the other hand, Srikanth will be under tremendous pressure to perform due to his early exits in the previous few competitions. Kidambi Srikanth will play China’s Tian Houwei. The Chinaman has an upper hand in the fixture, having won both their previous meetings this year.
Kashyap takes on Hong Kong’s Wei Nan.
Sikki Reddy and Tarun Kona will square-up against top seeds Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei of China in mixed doubles.