India Open 2019: Sindhu and Srikanth top Indian seeds, China send biggest-ever contingent

first_imgIndia Open 2019: Sindhu and Srikanth top Indian seeds, China send biggest-ever contingentIndia Open 2019: PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth are seeded second and third in women’s and men’s singles, respectively while Chen Yufei and Shi Yuqi will lead China’s biggest-ever contingent at the tournament.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 19:56 IST India Open 2019: PV Sindhu, seeded second, is the runners-up from 2018 edition. (BWF Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu is the second seed at India Open 2019 while Saina Nehwal is seeded fifthThe women’s singles draw will be led by All England Championships 2019 winner Chen YufeiMen’s singles draw will be led by defending champion Shi Yuqi while Kidambi Srikanth is seeded thirdIndian challenge at the India Open 2019 will be spearheaded by PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal as the three top Indian singles shuttlers at the tournament, which is set to start on March 26. On the other hand, the tournament is set to welcome its biggest-ever Chinese contigent in New Delhi.The tournament this time will be held at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall of Indira Gandhi International Stadium after eight successful years at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.In women’s singles for India, PV Sindhu is the second seed while Saina Nehwal has been seeded fifth this time. Sindhu will come into the tournament having won the 2017 edition and as the runners-up of the 2018 edition.In men’s singles, 2015 champion Kidambi Srikanth has been seeded third while BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma is the fifth seed. Sai Praneeth, HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap and Subhankar Dey will also carry the home hopes.YUFEI, YUQI COME WITH BIGGEST-EVER CHINESE CONTINGENTNewly-crowned All England Championships champion Chen Yufei and defending men’s singles champion Shi Yuqi will lead the draw as they come into the tournament this time along with a bunch of Chinese shuttlers.The main draw of women’s singles has as many as six Chinese shuttlers, with world No.7 He Bingjiao and world No. 14 Han Yue receiving the third and seventh seeding, respectively. Former champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Li Xuerui makes her return while Chen Xiaoxin and Cai Yanyan are the other Chinese in the draw.Shi Yuqi, whose All England title defence ended in the semi-finals to Viktor Axelsen, will hope to defend his title at the India Open. The world No.2 Chinese, who begins his challenge against compatriot Huang Yuxiang, could meet his countryman Zhou Zeqi in the quarter-finals. World No. 19 Lu Guangzu and the 37th ranked Zhao Junpeng will clash in yet another thrilling all-Chinese face-off.advertisementThe highly popular Viktor Axelsen, second seed this time and winner in 2017, will look to continue his good form that saw him reach the final of the All England Championships earlier this month.INDIA’S DOUBLES CONTINGENTThe third-seeded men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will begin their 2019 season at the India Open amid a lot of expectations. Former National Champions Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy are the only other Indian pair to have been seeded at sixth.2018 World Championships quarter-finalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa are the eighth seeds in the mixed doubles draw which is led by the Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping, the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals champions.Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy are unseeded and could face the fourth seeds Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the second round.Commonwealth Games bronze medallist combination of Reddy and Ponnappa will look to pull off an upset over the sixth seeds Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu in women’s doubles.Also Read | BWF World Championships gold not far away: B Sai PraneethAlso Read | I miss Saina Nehwal: Parupalli Kashyap as he plays badminton with BS Praneeth on TitlisFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India Open 2019Follow PV SindhuFollow Saina NehwalFollow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Satwiksairaj RankireddyFollow Ashwini PonnappaFollow Chen YufeiFollow Shi YuqiFollow Viktor Axelsen Nextlast_img

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