India’s Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will look to get back to winning ways at the Malaysia Masters 2022 starting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
While PV Sindhu, India’s top-ranked women’s singles badminton player, hasn’t gone past the quarter-finals since finishing third at the Thailand Open in May, former world No.1 Saina Nehwal has failed to progress beyond the second round this year.
However, a tough test awaits world No. 7 PV Sindhu with He Bing Jiao of China, ranked ninth, as her opponent in the opening round. PV Sindhu lost to He Bing Jiao in the first round of the Indonesia Open last month.
If PV Sindhu progresses past the first two rounds, the former world champion may run into Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals.
PV Sindhu is seeded seventh in the women’s singles main draw while world champion Akane Yamaguchi of Japan is the top seed. Rio 2016 gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain is seeded fifth.
Upcoming Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod will start from the qualifiers.
India’s men’s singles contingent at the BWF Super 500 tournament will be led by Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy and 2019 world championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth. Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap will be starting from the qualifying rounds.
Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth, the country’s top-two men’s players in the badminton world rankings, have pulled out of the event. India’s top men’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are also not competing.
In the women’s doubles, All England Open semi-finalists Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will play together for the first time since the Swiss Open in March.
Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of Indian badminton legend Pullela Gopichand, has recovered from a hip injury and is on the start list of the Malaysia Masters. Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy are also in the fray in the women’s doubles.
The Malaysia Masters will be held at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur till July 10. Last year, the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Where to watch Malaysia Masters 2022 badminton live in India?
The Malaysia Masters 2022 badminton tournament will be telecast live on the Sports18 TV channel in India from the quarter-final stage onwards.
Live streaming of Malaysia Masters 2022 will be available on the Voot platform.
Malaysia Masters 2022 badminton: India squad
Men singles: HS Prannoy, B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma. Qualifiers: Parupalli Kashyap.
Women singles: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu. Qualifiers: Malvika Bansod
Men's doubles: Vasantha Kumar Hanumaiah Ranganatha-Ashith Surya (qualifiers)
Women's doubles: Srivedya Gurazada-Ishika Jaiswal, Ashwini Bhat K.-Shikha Gautam, Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand, Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy. Qualifiers: Pooja Dandu-Arathi Sara Sunil