Sindhu and Prannoy build momentum at Malaysia Masters – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4: Star commuters PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy will look to keep their momentum going as they lead the Indian challenge at the Malaysia Masters Super 500 badminton tournament, starting here on Tuesday.

Sindhu and Prannoy had suffered contrasting defeats in the Malaysian Open Super 750 quarter-finals last week and will look to make amends this week even though there was little time to iron out the blemishes.

While Sindhu has won two Super 300 titles at Syed Modi International and the Swiss Open this year, Prannoy is desperate to end a long five-year wait for a title victory.

Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist, has regularly reached the quarters and semi-finals of World Tour events, but she has looked slightly vulnerable against the top players.

Her defeats against Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand, Chen Yu Fei and He Bing Jiao of China, An Se Young of Korea and her nemesis Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei revealed her weaknesses, which she will seek to correct before the next Commonwealth Games.

In the first round, the former world champion will face the formidable Bing Jiao, who showed her the door at the Indonesia Open Super 1000 last month.

Even though Sindhu trails 8-10 head-to-head against Bing Jiao, the Indian has beaten the Chinese three times in the last four encounters including the Tokyo Olympics.

It was Tzu Ying, who had won three matches against Sindhu last week, and a victory in the first two rounds of this tournament would likely put her face to face with the Taiwan ace yet again, in the quarter-finals.

Prannoy, on the other hand, has scored every time he has entered the pitch this season.

With a streak of quarter-finals since the world championships last year, Prannoy has proven to be a tough competitor on the circuit, but a podium eluded him.

As the person who shaped India’s epic Thomas Cup victory in May, Prannoy has all the cues of a champion, but he’ll need to make sure he constantly finds his best version against the best brass to grab the ball. moment.

The 29-year-old from Kerala, who had reached the Indonesia Super 1000 semi-finals, will meet Indonesian Shesar Hiren Rhustavito in his opening match and is then expected to meet seventh-seeded Indonesian Jonatan Christie , which ended its campaign last week. .

Among the other Indians, B Sai Praneeth, who has struggled with his form since the Tokyo Games, will meet Kevin Cordon of Guatemala in the first round, while Sameer Verma, who is returning from injury, will face Taiwanese Chou in fourth. first in the series. Tian Chen.

Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Saina Nehwal, who failed to clear the opening hurdle last week, takes on Kim Ga Eun of Korea.

In doubles, the CWG-bound women’s pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand will meet the Malaysian combination of Pearly Tan and Thinaah Muralitharan, while former CWG bronze medalists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will start against a qualifying pair. (PTI)

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