HYDERABAD, July 29: PV Sindhu pulled out of the Thailand Open, but Saina Nehwal returns to the circuit after an injury lay-off, which forced her to miss the Indonesia and Japan Open tournaments.
With Japanese girls Nozomi Okuhara, Akane Yamaguchi and Tai Tzu Ying also pulling out, the BWF Super-500 event has lost its sheen. Given the scenario, Saina is expected to reach the semifinals. The 29-year-old will begin against a qualifier and is expected to face either Sayaka Takashi of Japan
or Ruselli Hartawan of Indonesia. She may square up against China’s Chen Yufei or He Bingjiao in the semifinals.
It’s learnt that Sindhu had withdrawn as she wants to focus more on getting ready for the next month’s World Championships. The shuttler secured enough points from her outing in Indonesia and Japan.
Meanwhile, all the top Indian men’s shuttlers are in fray. However, fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth will begin against a qualifier and is expected to reach the quarterfinals.
Sai Praneeth has a tough draw. The Japan Open semifinalist may face World No.1 Kento Momota in the second round. Momota faces Subhankar Dey in the first round. (TNN)