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Preview Of Malaysia Open: What Does It Look Like For The Indian Players?

Author: Santsoh Majumdar
by Santsoh Majumdar
Posted: Sep 26, 2022

Indian badminton players will try to generate some winning rhythm in the Malaysia Open Super 750 competition beginning in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, which is a little over a month before the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

PV Sindhu, the only ranked singles player from India, will try to bounce back from losing in the first round of the Indonesia Open, and HS Prannoy will look for another steady performance after making it to the semifinals of the same Super 1000 tournament two weeks ago. Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth have both dropped out of the competition, but Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, the world's No. 8 pair, will play again after sitting out the Indonesian leg owing to health issues. Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap would also return from injuries.

Men’s single

All attention will also be on Prannoy for yet another strong performance now that Sen and Srikanth are out. Daren Liew, a Malaysian veteran who defeated him in the Thailand Open in May this year, will be his opponent as he starts his campaign. He does, however, have a winning 6-4 record versus him.

With a crucial game in the Thomas Cup and the outstanding semifinal run in Jakarta, the world ranked. 23 has been on a steady run this year. He will try to maintain his momentum, but his draw is not favorable; he might face fourth seed Chou Tien Chen in the second round.

The first matches for any of the other 2 Indians in the tournament are difficult matches against higher-rated Indonesians. B Sai Praneeth will compete against the sixth-seeded Indonesian, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, while Sameer Verma will face the seventh-seeded Jonatan Christie, another prominent Indonesian player.

Women’s single

Sindhu had another tough draw in Malaysia as she is through a difficult period at larger championships. She launches her battle against Thailand's imposing Pornpawee Chochuwong. Despite having a 5-3 head-to-head record versus Chochuwong, the seventh seed Sindhu has lost three of their last five matches, so this might be another intimidating first round.

At the Indonesia Open Super 1000 earlier in the month, Sindhu lost to China's world Ranking. 9 He Bing Jiao in the opening round and should be hoping to move beyond that setback. If she succeeds in getting over the first hurdle, she will face the victor of Phittayaporn Chaiwan vs Fitriani Fitriani. However, Tai Tzu Ying, the other wildcard in her quarter and the champion of the Indonesia Open, poses the most threat against her.

Saina Nehwal, who is in the similar half of the draw, will play Iris Wang of the USA in her first matchup. If she succeeds, she will compete against former world champion and sixth-seeded Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.


In their first encounter, Malaysia's Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee will begin against the seventh-seeded team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. Given the long break following their valiant efforts in the Thomas Cup, it will be a crucial test for the athletes. If they get to the semifinals, they have a strong draw with no ranked opponents until then.

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, two seasoned players, will begin their women's doubles campaign against sixth seeds Chiharu Shida and Nami Matsuyama, while Ashwini Bhat K and Haritha Harinarayanan and Shikha Gautam will face fifth seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara. In the opening scene, Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong will be portrayed by Ashna Roy and Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayanan.

In the mixed doubles event, Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy—both members of India's Commonwealth Gamesteam—will compete against Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek of the Netherlands, while Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan will take on Kim Won Ho and Jeong Na Eun of Korea.
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