Worldwide badminton returns for the 2023 season on Tuesday with the newly upgraded Malaysia Open Tremendous 1000. The match kicks off an enormous season for Indian badminton, as high gamers look to- properly to proceed the momentum in 2022 to an vital yr with the Asian Video games, Asian Championships and the beginning of the Olympic qualification.
The season-opening match additionally marked the return of India No. 1 PV Sindhu after six months of damage; the longest of his profession to date.
India’s singles gamers have been handed a troublesome draw, with one other early encounter between Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy whereas Sindhu will begin in opposition to Carolina Marin.
Here is a take a look at the attracts and probabilities of India’s badminton stars on the Malaysia Open:
Kidambi Srikanth vs. Kenta Nishimoto
Lakshya Sen vs HS Prannoy
Not a lot to say about this draw besides to repeat what Prannoy tweeted: “Lakshya Sen appears like Event Software program simply desires to see us play in opposition to one another in all tournaments.”
The 2 top-ranked Indians in males’s singles will play one another within the first spherical for the primary two tournaments in 2023… after taking part in one another 5 instances in 2022. This although on the newest, unfrozen rating displaying that Prannoy is India No. 1, which implies that he would be the seed of later occasions.
@lakshya_sen it looks as if Event Software program desires us to play one another in all tournaments ��
seventh assembly within the final 1 yr ��You make me chortle �� https://t.co/2EaElQuPf6
– PRANNOY HS (@PRANNOYHSPRI) December 28, 2022
For now, although, we want extra Lakshya vs. Prannoy matches to go on, with the kids main their present head-to-head 3-2. Whoever wins in Malaysia, will go on to play the winner of the match between Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus and Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo. The opposite seed within the quarter (after seventh seed Lakshya) is second-seeded Lee Zii Jia, who begins his marketing campaign in opposition to Japanese rising star Kodai Naraoka.
Within the different half of the draw, Srikanth will begin in opposition to Kenta Nishimoto in opposition to whom he holds a 5-1 file, though they final performed in 2019. If he wins, his second spherical opponent shall be fifth seed Jonatan Christie who has a possible quarterfinal in opposition to the highest. seed Viktor Axelsen.
PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin
Saina Nehwal vs Han Yue
Aakarshi Kashyap vs. Wen Chi Hsu
Malvika Bansod vs. An Se Younger
India have 4 contributors within the ladies’s singles this season, which is an effective signal regardless of the draw.
Sindhu, seeded sixth, will play her first match since her Commonwealth Video games gold medal in August in opposition to outdated rival Carolina Marin, who has been on the damage comeback path since final yr. Marin holds a 9-5 file in opposition to Sindhu and has gained the final three matches they’ve performed. The winner will play Pornpawee Chochuwong and Yeo Jia Min with Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei as the opposite seed within the quarter.
Saina Nehwal will begin in opposition to China’s Han Yue, who has a break up 1-1 head-to-head file. If he wins, he’ll face third seed Tai Tzu Ying, who has a 15-5 file in opposition to the Indian. He Bing Jiao is one other seed within the quarter.
Aakarshi Kashyap will tackle Wen Chi Hsu in Chinese language Taipei within the first assembly between the 2. If he wins, he’ll face fifth seed He Bing Jiao.
Malvika Bansod had a troublesome begin on her palms, taking out second seed Korean An Se Younger. If he will get by, he’ll play the winner of Yvonne Li vs. Goh Jin Wei.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in opposition to Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Wan Ho
Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala vs Kang Min Hyuk and Search engine optimization Seung Jae
The lads’s doubles holds India’s strongest probability of getting silverware within the match with world No. 5 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. The seventh seeds will begin in opposition to Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Wan Ho of South Korea who have been defeated by the Indian pair en path to the French Open trophy final yr, of their solely match. Their opponents within the second spherical are Indonesians Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Bagas Maulana, who’re reigning All England champions however have a 0-2 file in opposition to the Indian pair in 2022.
The massive problem for them is the potential quarterfinals in opposition to arch-rivals and residential favorites Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, whom they’re unbeaten in seven conferences. Actually, Satwik informed ESPN that beating the Malaysian pair is one in all his objectives for 2023. Will or not it’s a appeal?
The opposite Indian pair in motion are Thomas Cup winners Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala who will open in opposition to Kang Min Hyuk and Search engine optimization Seung Jae of their first assembly. The winners will play high seeds Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi within the second spherical.
Double for girls
Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand in opposition to Yeung Nga Ting and Yeung Pui Lam
Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam in opposition to Supissara Paewsampran and Putita Supajirakul
CWG bronze medalists Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will begin in opposition to Hong Kong’s Yeung Nga Ting and Yeung Pui Lam of their first assembly. In the event that they win, they’ll face their opposing pair — eighth seeds Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan. Prime seeds Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan are additionally of their quarters.
The opposite Indian pair within the draw are Ashwini Bhat and Shikha Gautam who will begin in opposition to Supissara Paewsampran and Putita Supajirakul of Thailand. The pairs have by no means performed one another earlier than.