Ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, along with Sameer Verma will be the major representatives putting up the Indian challenge at the Syed Modi International Championships. PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth have already pulled out of the event.
Saina Nehwal, the firm favourite in the women’s singles category, will be leading the Indian contingent at the Syed Modi International Championship. Sameer Verma is the other Indian badminton player participating in the title event.
The Indian star player, Saina, has been a good form this year. She not only won the Gold at the Commonwealth Games but also clinched a bronze at the 2018 Asian Games. She recently reached the finals of the Denmark Open and showed her consistent performance.
India’s another star shuttler PV Sindhu has made a pull out of the event as she wanted to currently focus on the season-ending World Tour Finals BWF title tournament.
In an interview, Sindhu’s father Ramana told PTI, “Sindhu has written to Badminton Association of India (BAI) asking them to allow her to skip the Syed Modi tournament so that she can concentrate on the World Tour Finals in December. She has also informed the organisers and national coach P Gopichand.”
“It is a prestigious tournament and she will need to be at her peak to win a medal. So at least 20 days of training would be required to be in good shape,” said Ramana.
I shall not be playing the Syed Modi India Open next week due to some injury concerns. With that, the year has now come to an end for me. Thank you all for your continuous wishes and prayers. pic.twitter.com/j0K4lvccHC
— Kidambi Srikanth (@srikidambi) November 19, 2018
Kidambi Srikanth has also opted out of the event due to his injury. Citing injury concerns for his withdrawal, Srikanth took to Twitter announcing, “the year has now come to an end for me”.
Other strong Indian contenders participating in the Syed Modi International Championship are HS Prannoy, Sai Praneeth, MV Gurusaidutt, Shubhankar Dey, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy.
Ashwini Ponnappa will take part in two categories in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles. She will pair up with N Sikki Reddy in the Women’s doubles and with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy in the mixed doubles.
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