Malaysia Masters: Srikanth, Saina lead Indian contingent as new season begins

first_img Next Press Trust of India Kuala LumpurJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 14:58 IST Kidambi Srikanth will begin Malaysia Masters after an unbeaten record in the PBL. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKidambi Srikanth failed to win a single title on BWF tour in 2018Saina Nehwal won medals at six tournaments in 20182019 is the year of qualification for 2020 Tokyo OlympicsTop Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal will begin the season with renewed verve at the Malaysian Open World Tour Super 500 tournament which gets underway with the qualifiers here (Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday.World No 8 Srikanth endured a below-par season where he topped the BWF ranking for a brief period and also claimed the Commonwealth Games silver but failed to win a single title, following an unprecedented high of 2017.Though he couldn’t produce the goods in the international circuit, Kidambi Srikanth managed to keep a clean slate in the just-concluded Premier Badminton League (PBL) where he anchored his team to a title win on Sunday.The 25-year-old from Guntur will hope to continue his unbeaten run when he takes on Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in his season-opener on Wednesday.Saina, on the other hand, has been one of the top achievers in 2018, claiming a second gold in the CWG and securing a bronze at the Asian Games and Asian Championship.She also reached the finals at Indonesia Masters, Denmark Open and Syed Modi International.The 28-year-old from Hyderabad, who recently married fellow shuttler P Kashyap, will also face a Hong Kong player in Deng Joy Xuan in her women’s singles first round.B Sai Praneeth, meanwhile, has decided to give the tournament a miss after featuring in the PBL for Bengaluru Raptors.Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will look for a positive start too when they face China’s Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu.In women’s doubles, CWG bronze medallists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will meet Hong Kong’s Ng Tsz Yau and Yuen Sin Ying, while the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa square off against English pair of Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh.advertisementKashyap, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey will compete in the men’s singles qualifiers, while women shuttlers Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka and Rituparna Das will also play on Tuesday.Also Read | Never had a fight with Pullela Gopichand, says Saina NehwalAlso Read | Saina Nehwal accepts Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore challenge, tells her #5MinuteAur storyAlso Read | Cancer-stricken Lee Chong Wei resumes badminton training in MalaysiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Kidambi SrikanthFollow Saina NehwalFollow Parupalli KashyapFollow Malaysia MastersFollow Badminton Malaysia Masters: Srikanth, Saina lead Indian contingent as new season beginsMalaysia Open World Tour Super 500: Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal look ahead at the new season with an eye at 2020 Tokyo Olympics after contrasting 2018.advertisementlast_img

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