Malaysian Masters: PV Sindhu and company expect to start 2020 on a good note
KUALA LUMPUR: India PV Sindhu You will expect to start the new year with a positive note when you start your campaign in the Malaysian Masters 500 Tournament Masters , as of Tuesday.
World number six Sindhu had a dream race at the World Championship in Basel, Switzerland, winning the title last year, but made early departures in the rest of the season, including his inability to defend the crown of the Circuit Finals World in December.
With the Olympics less than seven months away, Sindhu will seek to solve the flaws and reach the right grade when he starts his women's singles campaign at the USD 400,000 event.
The sixth seeded Sindhu will have an easy opponent in Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia in the first round and the Indian will seek to stay on course for an expected clash with Tai Tzu Ying, world number 1, in the quarterfinals.
The other individual player of Indian women, Saina Nehwal , who claimed the Indonesian Masters last year before falling into a series of early starts in the rest of the year, will open against a qualifier at the Axiata Arena.
Kidambi Srikanth, who retired from the prime minister Badminton League (PBL) to be in the best form in the Olympic year, will start the new year with a clash against the second seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei.
B Sai Praneeth, who finished as the best-ranked male individual player in India in the BWF rankings, will open against Rasmus Gemke of Denmark, while Sameer Verma, who has suffered a difficult 2019, will face Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand in the first round.
Former world number six, Parupalli Kashyap, who showed some sparks of himself last year, will face the first seed and world number one Kento Momota of Japan in the first round, while HS Prannoy, who was with Health problems for most of the last season, he will meet with Kanta Tsuneyama from Japan.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who became the first couple of Indian men to claim a super 500 title at the Thai Open and also reached the final of the French Open Super 750 event, will open against local ferries Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi.
Ashwini Ponnappa, who retired from Syed Modi International last November due to an injury, recovered on time and will join his female doubles partner, N Sikki Reddy, to face the Korean Chang Ye Na and Kim Hye Rin.
However, Ashwini and Sikki will have a difficult task in mixed doubles.
While Ashwini and Satwik will face the second Chinese couple of Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping, world number one Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong will stand in the way of Sikki and Pranaav Jerry Chopra in the first round.