Internet Desk: As Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth are set to miss the Korea Super Series, ace shuttler PV Sindhu will look to continue her valiant form in the upcoming series.
All eyes will be on the 22 year old Sindhu as Saina and Srikanth decided to skip the event to prepare for the Japan Open.
At the SK Handball Stadium, Sindhu will open her campaign against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in women’s singles competition.
In men’s singles, US Open Grand Prix Gold champion HS Prannoy, who had defeated Lee Chong Wei and Chen Long at Indonesia Open, will face sixth seeded Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong in the opening round.
“I have played him (Angus) a few times in the past, had some tough matches. He is a tricky player, he is a mix of defence and attack and sometimes plays something out of the box, pushing to all corners, so have to move well. Let’s see how the conditions are in Korea,” Prannoy told the media.
Playing his first event after winning the US Open in July, Prannoy said it would be a new start for him even though he has gained a lot of confidence from the last victory.
“It has been more than a month since I won the US Open so I can’t say the win matters much when you are playing after a long gap, if it were after a week then you know how you are playing but after a month it becomes new conditions and starting anew,” he added.
Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth will face Hong Kong’s Hu Yun, an opponent against whom the Indian has a 2-2 head-to-head record. The Hyderabadi had beaten Yun at the Thomas & Uber Cup Finals last year.
Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki will meet eighth seeded Thai pair of Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in women’s doubles.
Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will square off against a qualifying team in the opening round.