Former world number one, Saina Nehwal will not be participating in the Singapore Superseries. Citing personal reasons and the need for more practice Saina Nehwal withdraws from the Singapore Superseries much to the disappointment of her fans.
“Yes, I withdrew from the tournament as I feel I need some more time training to get better. There is improvement in my knee but I think some more training will help at this point,” Saina told PTI.
“I will play Asia Badminton Championship next. I will also play the Indonesia Superseries and the Sudirman Cup,” said the 2010 Commonwealth Games champion.
But while Saina Nehwal withdraws from the Singapore Superseries, PV Sindhu will be playing in the tournament as she will be looking to overcome her shocking defeat in Kuching.
This is a major opportunity for Sindhu to gain some points as she will be looking to end the year as the new world number one. Sindhu had clinched the India Open a few weeks ago which was he maiden title at the tournament.
Sindhu will be confident heading the tournament as she has recently surged up the rankings to reach a career high of world number two. Her performances leading to the tournament have also been very good with the exception of the loss in Kunching.
The draw is however not very kind to Sindhu as she will be facing Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara who us the 2016 All England Open champion and Rio Olympic bronze medalist.
Sindhu will be hoping to ride her current wave of momentum as she looks to become the second Indian after Nehwal to become the world number one.