Sindhu Gears Up for Japan Open

Fresh from her previous win at the Korea open, PV Sindhu aims to continue it at the Japan Open. She is placed fourth in the tournament, and needs to be at her best to beat Minatsu Mitani in the opening round.

The Indian shuttle sport champion, of late took a sweeping victory over her Japanese counterpart. She is the first Indian to win the Korean Open.

The 22-year-old Hyderabadi, has avenged her World Championship heart-break by beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. It was a pulsating clash at the Korea Open to claim her second super series title of the season.

The fourth seed, PV Sindhu has gained form and momentum after claiming silver at the Worlds in Glasgow. She has also won the crown in Seoul on Sunday. If she succeeds in beating Mitani, she might run into Nozomi Okuhara for the third time.

World’s no. 8, Kidambi Srikanth will face China’s World No 10 Tian Houwei in the opening round of the Japan Open. Joining them is Saina Nehwal, who will be returning to the court after been dropped due to slight thigh strain.

Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, will meet fifth seeded Thai pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the opening round for the mixed doubles. While Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki will try to beat the Korean third seeded combo of Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee in the tournament.