Star badminton duo Saina Nahwal and Paropli Kashyap, along with India’s recent Thomas Cup hero HS Pranay, retreated late from the Indonesian Open Super Series 500 event starting in Jakarta on Tuesday. Shutler Saina, India’s first Olympic medalist, has decided to quit, citing workload management, while Kashyap has not yet regained fitness after recovering from a hamstring injury. “I injured my hamstring just before the selection trials and it took seven weeks to recover, then I had an ankle problem,” Kashyap told PTI.
“I’m fine now. But I need to get back to fitness. I hope to play some of the next four events.
“Saina has given up because there are so many tournaments, so she thought it would be better if she played next week and left. She is fine,” Kashyap added.
Pranay, who played a key role in India’s historic victory in the Thomas Cup last month, also stepped out to focus on the next four tournaments.
“I will leave this Indonesian event. I will play next. I am in good condition. I look forward to the next few weeks,” said Pranay.
The men’s team reached a new height with their Thomas Cup feats where India won their first title by defeating 14-time champion Indonesia.
But after the resignation of Sri Kant, Kashyap and Pranaya, the Indian flavor will disappear in the men’s section.
Sri Kant had earlier resigned and top-ranked Indian shuttler and World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen will have India’s hopes in the men’s singles.
In the men’s singles draw, Samir Verma is the second Indian to face a qualifier to start his campaign.
In their absence, Sean and PV Sindhu will focus as they aim to target top gear in preparation for the Commonwealth Games starting July 28.
Seventh-seeded World No. 9 Sen will face Denmark’s Hans Christian Solberg Wittings in the preliminary round.
The top-ranked Indian has a 0-2 record against Christian.
Sean last met at the Danish Open in 2020 when he lost to his home favorite in the pre-quarterfinals. The 20-year-old will be looking to improve his record against Christian.
In Saina’s absence, Sindhu is the only Indian in the women’s singles main draw.
After being knocked out of the semi-finals at the Thailand Open, double Olympic medalist Sindhu will be looking to move on. She will start with a clash against the Danish line Christopherson.
In the men’s doubles, Manu Atri and B Sumit Reddy will face local players Pramodia Kosuma Vardana and Jeremiah Erich Yoshey Yakub Rambetan.
There are two Indian couples in the women’s doubles section.
22nd seed Ashwini Poonpa and N Ski Reddy found themselves in the top half and started their campaign against Jacqueline Lima and Samia Lima of Brazil.
The Indian pair will face a possible tough clash in the second round against China’s top seeded Chinese pair Chen Qingchen and Jia Yi Fan.
Sumran Singh and Ritika Thackeray are the second Indian pair in the main draw, and will face South Korea’s Lee Soo-hee and Shin Seung-chan in the opening match of the tournament.
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