Olympic hopefuls Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal obtain first rate attracts at Denmark Open

2020/09 30 12:09

By: PTI | Odense |

September 30, 2020 6:16:16 pm

Saina Nehwal was handed first rate attracts on the Denmark Open Tremendous 750 event. (File Photograph)

Olympic hopefuls Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal had been on Wednesday handed first rate attracts on the Denmark Open Tremendous 750 event which is able to mark the restart of the adjusted worldwide calendar after a coronavirus-forced hiatus of seven months.

Former world primary Saina and Srikanth will resume their hunt for priceless rating factors to inch nearer to their Tokyo Olympics desires when the USD 750,000 event, the one occasion to happen for the reason that All England Championship, begins on October 13.

Srikanth, a Rio Olympics quarterfinalist, will open in opposition to England’s Toby Penty and will face fellow Indian Subhankar Dey within the second spherical. Subhankar will tackle Canada’s Jason Anthony Ho-Shue within the first spherical.

The world quantity 14 Indian, a title-winner in Odenese in 2017, could face second-seed Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan within the quarterfinals if he can register two wins within the earlier rounds.

For world quantity 20 Saina, France’s Yaelle Hoyaux awaits her within the girls’s singles opener and he or she is more likely to meet native favorite Mia Blichfeldt, seventh seed, subsequent. If the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist crosses the hurdle, she is predicted to face fourth seeded Michelle Li from Canada.

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Amongst different Indians, Saina’s husband and former world quantity six Parupalli Kashyap, who has been bullish about his Olympic possibilities being world quantity 24 presently, will open in opposition to Japan’s Koki Watanabe. If he wins, the London Olympics quarterfinalist is more likely to face world primary Kento Momota.

It will likely be an enormous alternative for younger Lakshya Sen, who had created fairly a flutter with a number of title wins final yr. He’ll begin off in opposition to France’s Christo Popov, who gained the primary medal for his nation on the World Junior Championships final yr. A win is more likely to pit Sen in opposition to fourth seeded Japanese Kanta Tsuneyama.

Former world quantity 13 Ajay Jayaram will face third seeded native hero Anders Antonsen.

The adjusted worldwide calender was earlier scheduled to start out with the distinguished Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, adopted by the Denmark Open and Denmark Masters. However the males’s and girls’s group occasion, scheduled to be held from October three to 11, was deferred till 2021 after a number of groups pulled out as a consequence of security issues within the wake of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, Denmark Masters, scheduled for October 20 to 25, has been cancelled. The world physique (BWF) not too long ago postponed the Asian leg of the world tour, together with three back-to-back occasions in November, to January subsequent yr in Bangkok.

Two of the tour’s Tremendous 1000 tournaments will start on January 12 and 19, whereas the World Tour Finals shall be held from January 27 to 31.

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