Expectations will blow through the roof when Indian badminton star and silver medalist PV Sindhu returns. She will be spearheading the Indian campaign at the Denmark Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament beginning on Tuesday.
Sindhu has been busy attending felicitation events including the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in this interim. She created history by becoming the first Indian badminton player to win a silver at the Rio Olympics. Indian fans will be hoping for an encore.
Saina’s absence in the Denmark Open
The other premier badminton star Saina Nehwal is still recovering from the knee injury that hindered her progress at the Olympics. Hence, the entire responsibility of a good Indian show lies on the shoulders of Sindhu.
“Olympics has given me a lot of confidence and with the same confidence I hope I would go further. ” However, she is not willing to let the expectations faze her as she wishes to give her best shot. “I just want to go to the court and give my 100 percent,” she quipped.
Opener against Bingjiao
The much awaited Sindhu return will see her opening her campaign against China’s He Bingjiao. However, to make things tougher, Sindhu trails 1-3 in their head-to-head encounters. The Hyderabad girl has achieved the runners up position at the Denmark Open and would like to go one step further this time around.
Coming to the draw that Sindhu finds herself slotted in, it consists of some serious competition. She might face the likes of second seed Ratanchok Inanton of Thailand, Korean Sung Ji Hyun and the tenacious Taipei girl Tai Tzu Ying.
Meet the Indian contingent
In other competitions, the mens competition will rest upon Ajay Jayaram, Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap. However, Kidambi Srikanth will be missing from action due to an ankle injury. Mens doubles will be contested by the pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy.
Eyes will also be on the mixed doubles pair of Pranav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy. They have started off the season in grand style by clinching two titles. They start their campaign against the prolific pair of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and home favourite Christinna Pedersen
The Sportsrush wishes PV Sindhu and the entire Indian contigent all the best in the Denmark Open!