Thursday, 21 November, 2019

All eyes on PV Sindhu as Japan Open Superseries badminton begins

Carolina Marin PV Sindhu and Nozmomi Okuhara Super Selfie PV Sindhu poses with Nozomi Okuhara Carolina Marin before Japan Open Superseries
Christy Curtis | 19 September, 2017, 01:14

Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap will look to continue his battle to get back to the top when he plays the qualifiers against Denmark's Emil Holst.

This marked her second Super Series win this year after India Open, helping her level the stats against the Japanese 4-4 and also broke Okuhara's 14-match winning streak.

Japan Open 2017 Badminton Live Stream, Schedule: The 2017 Japan World Badminton Series is scheduled to take place from 19 to 24 September 2017 at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Japan.

If Sindhu moves ahead, she might run into another Japanese, the unseeded Nozomi Okuhara, for the third time in as many tournaments.

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Sindhu is currently the world no. 4 but after this win, there are chances that Sindhu will now be the world no. 2. "Sindhu said she won the first game by changing the course of the game after they were head-to-head at 20-20, and the second match was an easy win but in the third match each and every point was important, even though I was leading at 11 points she came back and after 11 points, every point was big rallies like the World Championship and nobody was leaving". The former World No 1 will open against Pornpawee Chochuwong, against whom the Indian has a 2-0 record. Every Indian had watched her give a tough competition at Glasgow and the Seoul win is our win. Srikanth, who had also reached the final at Singapore Open, has lost six times to Houwei in their seven meetings and five of those matches have gone into the decider.

If Saina and Sindhu progress further against all odds, then we could have the two Pullela Gopichand protégés facing each other at the semi-final stage.

In doubles, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy (men), Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy (women) and Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki have managed direct qualification for the main draw.

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