Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu focus on Indonesian Masters for Commonwealth Games –

Badminton News: Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu will focus on the Indonesia Masters Super 500 tournament which kicks off in Jakarta on Tuesday (7/6) as they look to peak ahead of the Commonwealth Games, starting July 28.

However, pair of badminton stars Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap, as well as recent Indian Thomas Cup hero HS Prannoy, made a late withdrawal.

India’s first Olympic medalist Saina decided not to attend citing workload management, while Kashyap has yet to regain his fitness after recovering from a spinal injury. hamstrings.

“I had a hamstring injury right before the tryouts and it took seven weeks to heal, then I had an ankle problem,” Kashyap told PTI.

“I’m fine now. But I need to get my fitness back. I hope to play some of the next four events.

“Saina pulled out because there were so many tournaments that she thought it would be better if she played next week and missed this one. She’s fine,” Kashyap added.

Prannoy, who played a key role in India’s historic Thomas Cup triumph last month, has also stepped down to focus on the tour’s next four events.

“I’m going to miss this Indonesian event. I’ll play next. I’m in good shape. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks,” Prannoy said.

The men’s team hit a new high with Thomas Cup exploits as India beat 14-time champions Indonesia to claim their maiden title.

But the taste of India will be lost on the men’s side after the package of Srikanth, Kashyap and Prannoy.

Srikanth had previously resigned and India’s top badminton and world championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen will carry India’s men’s singles hopes.

The world number nine senator, seeded seventh, will face Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus in a tough first-round clash.

Top-seeded India are 0-2 head-to-head against Kristian.

Lakshya Sen last faced him at the Danish Open in 2020 when he lost in the quarter-finals to home favorites. The 20-year-old wants to improve his record against Kristian.

The men’s singles draw saw India’s second player, Sameer Verma facing qualification to open the competition.

In Saina’s absence, Sindhu became the only Indian player to challenge in the women’s singles main round.

After being eliminated in the semi-finals of the Thailand Open, two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu is going to give it his all. It will start with a match against Line Christophersen from Denmark.

In men’s doubles, Manu Attri/B Sumeeth Reddy will face the host couple, Pramudya Kusumawardana/Yeremia Erich Yoche Yacob Rambitan.

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