Sindhu rested for Thailand Open

India's top badminton stars will be vying for top honours in: the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold (May 30-June 4), Indonesia Open Super Series (June 12-18) and Australian Open Super Series (June 20-25).

P. V. Sindhu is rested for the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold, which starts on May 30.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Thursday announced the teams for three upcoming tournaments after a selection committee meeting in Kolkata over the last two days.

India's top badminton stars will be vying for top honours in: the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold (May 30-June 4), Indonesia Open Super Series (June 12-18) and Australian Open Super Series (June 20-25).

P. V. Sindhu, however, has been rested from the Thailand Open.

World No. 22 Sai Praneeth will lead the Indian challenge in Thailand in the men’s singles along with fit-again Parupalli Kashyap.

Kashyap, who returned to the international arena last month at the China Masters after a long injury lay-off, had a decent outing as he managed to qualify for the pre-quarterfinals.

In the women’s singles, World No. 9 Saina Nehwal will aim to win her second title after her 2013 triumph.

The Grand Prix Gold event will also be an ideal platform for the upcoming shuttlers to show their mettle. Harsheel Dani, Siril Verma, Rahul Yadav, Subhankar Dey will represent the country in men’s singles, while in the women’s singles category it will be Ira Sharma, Ruthvika Shivani, Akarshi Kashyap and Rituparna Das.

Shlok Ramachandra-M. R. Arjun will be the lone Indian pair in men’s doubles. J. Meghna and Poorvisha Ram will vie for the women’s doubles title.

In Indonesia Open and Australia Open, India’s hopes will rest on Sindhu and Saina.

In the men’s singles, World No 13 Ajay Jayaram will lead the strong Indian contingent along with 2017 Singapore Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth, H. S. Prannoy, Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma and Kashyap.

Ashwini Ponappa-Sikki Reddy will be the lone Indian pair in women’s doubles. The team of Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Sikki Reddy and Sumeeth Reddy-Ashwini will feature in the mixed doubles action.

“We have announced the team in advance so that the players can plan their travel properly and have ample time to prepare better both physically and mentally for the tournaments,” Anup Narang, honorary general secretary of BAI said.

SQUADS:-

Thailand Open (May 30 — June 4)

Men’s singles: Rahul Yadav, Harsheel Dani, Subhankar Dey, P. Kashyap, B. Sai Praneeth, Siril Verma, Sourav Verma.

Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal, Rituparna Das, Ruthvika Shivani, Akarshi Kashyap, Ira Sharma.

Men’s doubles: Shlok Ramachandra-M. R. Arjun.

Women’s doubles: J. Meghna-Poorvisha Ram.


Indonesia Open
(June 12 — June 18)

Men’s singles: Ajay Jayaram, Kidambi Srikanth, H. S. Prannoy, P. Kashyap, B. Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma.

Women’s singles: P. V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal.

Men’s doubles: Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy, Chirag Shetty-Satwik Sairaj.

Women’s doubles: Ashwini Ponappa-Sikki Reddy.

Mixed doubles: Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Sikki Reddy, Sumeeth Reddy-Ashwini Ponappa.

 

Australian Open (June 20 — June 25)

Men’s singles: Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma, P. Kashyap, Ajay Jayaram, H. S. Prannoy, Sai Praneeth.

Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal, P. V. Sindhu.

Men’s doubles: Manu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy, Chirag Shetty-Satwik Sairaj.

Women’s doubles: Ashwini Ponappa-Sikki Reddy.

Mixed doubles: Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Sikki Reddy, Sumeeth Reddy-Ashwini Ponappa.

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