Tough draw for Indian trio at Denmark Open

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Tough draw for Indian trio at Denmark Open

Tough draw for Indian trio at Denmark OpenManne RatnakarIndian shuttlers face a tough task in the Denmark Open BWF Tour Super 750 tournament which gets underway in Odense on Tuesday. | TNN | Updated: Oct 16, 2018, 09:38 IST

Highlights

  1. Third seed Sindhu got an unpredictable first round opponent in Beiwen Zhang of USA.
  2. Saina plays Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong on Tuesday.
  3. Srikanth plays Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark first and may be Lin Dan next.
PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi SrikanthPV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi SrikanthHYDERABAD: Indian shuttlers face a tough task in the Denmark Open BWF Tour Super 750 tournament whic h gets underway in Odense on Tuesday.
PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth have got a tough draw at this competition as things get difficult from the earlier rounds itself. Third seed Sindhu got an unpredictable first round opponent in Beiwen Zhang of USA. Zhang is a giantkiller and even defeated Sindhu the last two times they met.
If she gets past Zhang, Sindhu may face Olympic and world champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the quarterfinals. Since August, Marin has been in the form of the life.
Sindhu sounded optimistic of her chances. "The draw is very tough. From the first round and the first point I need to be focused. Zhang is unpredictable but I am ready for that. I may face Marin in quarterfinals. Though Marin is playing well, it all depends on how I play on that particular day. I have trained hard and want to win this tournament," Sindhu told TOI on Monday.
Saina plays Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong on Tuesday. The unseeded Indian may play second seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. If the Indian women do well, there is a chance of Sindhu-Saina semifinal.
Srikanth has an onerous task of defending his title. The seventh seed is yet to win a title this year after four last year. Srikanth plays Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark first and may be Lin Dan next.
Sameer Verma needs to punch above his weight against third seed Shi Yuqi of China. There is also a possibility of Sameer meeting Srikanth at the quarterfinal stage. In the top half of draw, Sai Praneeth drew Huang Yuxiang of China. HS Prannoy withdrew from the tournament due to ill health.
Chief coach Pullela Gopichand said that he is expecting good results. "Denmark is an important tournament because it is coming after a break. All our players have utilised this break to train well. I am confident of good results from the European leg," Gopichand said.
All the four Indian doubles teams have got a difficult draw in Odense.
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