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India Open badminton: All Indians shuttlers who have excelled in the Super Series event

India Open 2021 will be a crucial event for the country shuttlers to earn vital ranking points and qualify for the Olympics
By Samrat Chakraborty

India Open, founded in 1973, became a regular feature on the BWF season calendar since 2008. It was slated to run from May 11 to 16 in New Delhi this year before being postponed due to the Covid-19 situation in the capital.

Premier Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth were all looking to put their best foot forward in the tournament and improve their rankings while Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were eager to make their mark at the doubles event.

No date has yet been set for the rescheduling of the tournament.

The Indian shuttlers were aiming to add their names to the local players who have enjoyed success over the years.

Let's take a look at who has triumphed across the different categories before:

Kidambi Srikanth in action.

Men's Singles:

Prakash Padukone

Indian badminton great Prakash Padukone was the first to win the India Open title in 1981. He made a strong comeback in the final to beat China's Han Jian 9-15, 15-5, 15-12 and clinch the title. His triumph, incidentally, came a year after his historic run at the All-England Open in 1980, where he became the first Indian to win the prestigious title.

Kidambi Srikanth

2015 was a crucial year for the young (then 22) Kidambi Srikanth. He had defeated Denmark's Viktor Axelsen in the final to become the first player to win the Swiss Open in March that year.

Later that month, the Guntur-born overcame Japan's Kento Momota, currently ranked No 1 in the world, in three close games in the second round of the India Open. In the final, he once again got the better of Axelsen, beating him 18-21, 21-13, 21-12 to win the Super Series title.

Women's Singles:

Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal is the only Indian shuttler to have won the India Open title twice. Her maiden triumph was in 2010, where she overcame Malaysia's Wong Mew Choo 20-22, 21-14, 21-12 in the final. She later emerged victorious in 2015 after beating Thai star Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 21-14 in the final. It also helped her rise to the top of the women's rankings.

PV Sindhu

Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu clinched her first India Open title in 2017. She beat 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist and familiar foe Carolina Marin 21-19, 21-16 in the final to clinch the title.

Mixed doubles:

Valiyaveetil Diju-Jwala Gutta

India have not had a winning pair in the men's or women's doubles category at the India Open over the years. In the mixed doubles, however, the only success came through Valiyaveeti Diju and Jwala Gutta in 2010. The pair overcame Singaporean duo of Chayut Triyachart and Yao Lei 23-21, 20-22, 21-7 in a close contest to win the title.