NEW DELHI: Name it destiny, coincidence or AI (Synthetic Intelligence) shenanigans, India’s top-2 males’s singles shuttlers will face one another within the early rounds of marquee tournaments usually!
Final week on the Malaysia Open, HS PrannoyIndia’s highest ranked (world No. 8) males’s singles participant, confronted 2022 Commonwealth Video games gold medalist and world No.10 Lakshya Sen. Prannoy who emerged victorious that point in a hard-fought three-set battle.
Earlier than the event, Prannoy tweeted: “Lakshya appears to be like just like the event software program simply needs to see us play in opposition to one another in all tournaments.”
@lakshya_sen appears to be like like Match Software program needs us to play one another in all tournaments 😂7… https://t.co/f4LgoXfyIX
— PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) 1672205481000
2022 additionally noticed the Prannoy vs Lakshya conflict 5 occasions. Presently, after Prannoy’s victory within the Malaysia Open, the head-to-head stands at 3-3.
Surprisingly, the upcoming India Open Tremendous 750 – to be held at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium from January 17 to 22 – can even see Prannoy tackle Lakshya within the first spherical. the Badminton World FederationThe software program works in some unusual means — Prannoy and Lakshya can not discover themselves in other places.
The boys’s singles draw additionally has one other high Indian in the identical half of Prannoy and Lakshya. Kidambi Srikanth will compete with world No. 1 and man-for-big-tournaments, Viktor Axelsen in Denmark, within the first spherical. Srikanth trails Axelsen 3-9 within the head-to-head and the Indian should elevate his sport a number of notches to get previous the present World and Olympic champion.
Lakshya is the defending India Open males’s singles champion. This was when the event was a Tremendous 500. Now it has been upgraded to a Tremendous 750 event and the competitors is way harder.
“I’ll attempt to defend my title. Each match in a Tremendous 750 or Tremendous 1000 event is hard. There aren’t any straightforward days,” Lakshya instructed TOI on the eve of the event. “It is simply unlucky that we (he and Prannoy) usually face one another early in large tournaments.
Aside from Olympic silver medalist Tai Tzu Ying, the event has all the perfect gamers on this planet in full attendance.
In ladies’s singles, India’s problem might be led by the double Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, who will face Thailand’s Supanida Katethong. Saina Nehwal will attempt to shake off her Malaysia Open rustiness in her opening spherical encounter in opposition to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt. Saina crashed within the opening spherical of the Malaysia Open.
Curiously, if Saina and Sindhu – each former India Open champions – win their first two rounds, they are going to face one another within the quarterfinals. A Sindhu vs Saina encounter, nonetheless, is unlikely as Saina is prone to face world No. 2 Chen Yu Fei of China, if he wins his first spherical.
Sindhu, then again, is on a comeback path after lacking the final 5 months of 2022 resulting from a stress fracture sustained in her profitable Commonwealth Video games marketing campaign. She misplaced her opening match on the Malaysia Open, however as soon as once more confronted Carolina Marin.
“After an harm, it’s tough to get into the groove instantly. I’m taking it one match at a time. Proper now, I’m happy with my health degree,” Sindhu instructed TOI. “I hope there might be extra good days for me than unhealthy (on the India Open).”
Sindhu was additionally optimistic that “crowds will are available numbers” for a Tremendous 750 event and an excellent turnout could be “very thrilling” for the gamers.
The opposite Indians within the ladies’s singles battle had been Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod within the earlier version.
However the top-of-the-charts first spherical ladies’s singles match will face former world champions Marin and Japan’s. Nozomi Okuhara. Marin additionally eased his means on the circuit after sustaining two critical accidents final 12 months. He tore his proper knee ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and fractured each meniscus in his left knee.
“It was tough final 12 months, however typically your physique offers up on you. I used to be very dissatisfied with myself as a result of I needed to push laborious to attempt to get well as quickly as attainable. I’ve recovered and am happier and happy I can nonetheless play in these tournaments. I am not afraid of any participant now,” mentioned Marin.