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Sindhu, seeded second in the tournament, will begin her campaign against Turkey’s Neslihan Yizit on Wednesday. (File photo)
The Swiss Open Badminton tournament is going to begin from Tuesday. With this, the Olympic qualification cycle will also be started. During this period, there will be 17 tournaments in five months. According to the performance of the players in all, they will be given ranking points for Olympic qualification. 6 months later to be held in July to be the Tokyo Olympics. In such a situation, it will be a good opportunity for Indian players to do this preparation.
14 Indian players including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu are participating in the Swiss Open. India’s 2 top players Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma will face off in the men’s singles of the tournament. At the same time, Saina and Sindhu may also clash in the semi-finals of Women’s Singles.
3 men of India have won Swiss Open
Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth will also be an important tournament for the men’s singles. Srikanth won the tournament in 2015, Prannoy in 2016 and Sameer in 2018. At the same time, B Sai Praneeth was the runner-up in the last season in 2019. The tournament was not held in 2020 due to Corona. All the four players would like to increase their good record in this tournament with an amount of 1.03 crore. We will also try to qualify for the Olympics.
Sindhu will start campaign against Turkey’s yazit
This is the same arena where Sindhu won the gold medal in the World Badminton Championship in 2019. This was the last tournament before Corona in which he won a medal. Sindhu, seeded second in the tournament, will begin her campaign against Turkey’s Neslihan Yizit on Wednesday. Sindhu did not perform well in the recent 3 badminton tournaments.
Sindhu may face Busanan in the next round
She was eliminated from the opening round at the Thailand Open and BWF World Tour Finals. However, his journey to the quarter-finals in the Swiss Open tournament looks easy. In addition to Yizit, he may face fifth seeded Busanan Ongbaumrungfan of Thailand in the next round. Busanan was defeated by Sindhu at the Toyota Thailand Open in January.
Saina’s journey in Swiss Open is a bit difficult
At the same time, Saina, who has won the Swiss Open twice, is going to be a bit difficult. She will begin her campaign in the tournament against Thailand’s Phitayaporn Chiewan. Bronze was a medalist at the Chiwon World Junior Championships. They may then face sixth seed Sung Ji Hyun and fourth seed Danish Mia in the tournament.
Saina’s performance in the last 2 tournaments has been nothing special
If she wins this match, then she will take on Sindhu in the semi-finals. Saina, who has turned 31, is also out of form. His performance in the last 2 tournaments too has not been very special. As a result, she has slipped to number 19 in the world rankings.
Expectations are also high from the pair of Satvik and Chirag
Apart from this, there will be a lot of expectations from the world number-10 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pair in men’s doubles. He reached the semi-finals of the Toyota Thailand Open in January. The second-seeded pair at the Swiss Open recently appointed Olympic medalist Matthias Boe as their coach.
Satwik Ponnappa faces second seeded pair
At the same time, everyone’s eyes will also be on the pair of mixed doubles of Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa. Both of them are in excellent form. Toyota reached the semi-finals of both mixed doubles in Thailand. However, in the first round, both of them will face second seeded Indonesian pair of Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emmanuel Viezza.