Indian woman shuttler P.V. Sindhu is one win away from defending her $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold singles title while youngster H.S. Prannoy faltered in the men's semi-final at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion here Saturday.
With defending champion Saina Nehwal skipping the 20th Commonwealth Games, India will be pinning their hopes on P.V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa to repeat their success in badminton that they achieved four years ago at home.
The tough and energy sapping Uber Cup campaign will probably force Indian badminton sensations Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu to miss the $250,000 Japan Open Super Series to be held in Tokyo from June 10-15.
While eighth seed P.V. Sindhu advanced to the women`s singles second round, compatriot Saina Nehwal yet again failed to perform to expected standards as the seventh seed suffered a first round loss at the $300,000 Singapore Open Super Series here Wednesday.
Top shuttlers including Lee Chong Wei, Saina Nehwal or P.V. Sindhu could miss part of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) which is coinciding with the $600,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier to be held in Odense.
A large Indian contingent led by top shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu will be vying for honours in the toughest India Open Super Series yet, which commences at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Tuesday.
The quarterfinal exit at the All England Open Badminton Championships last week has led India`s leading shuttler Saina Nehwal dropping a place to No.8 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women`s singles rankings released Thursday.
Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap had contrasting victories to progress to the quarterfinals of the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold at St. Jakobshalle here Thursday.