The Indian shuttler, led by London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal, left on Sunday to play in two successive tournaments in Thailand. Except for Kidambi Srikanth, all the other shuttlers will play in an international tournament after about ten months.
Srikanth participated in the Denmark Super 750 tournament in October. B Sai Praneeth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also left with Saina and Srikanth. On the other hand, HS Prannoy, P Kashyap, Sameer Verma, Dhruv Kapila and Manu Attri have taken off on Saturday.
Two consecutive tournaments to be played in Thailand from January 12 to 24 in two weeks
World champion PV Sindhu will come from Doha
World champion PV Sindhu, who has been preparing for the last two months in London, will direct Thailand from London.
Rio Olympics silver medalist will come to Bangkok from Doha. The two Super Series events to be held in Thailand (12-17 and 19-24) will be the first competitions of this season.
They are watched by shuttlers from all over the world. Most players will hit the court for the first time since the All England Championship held in March last year. Although it was followed by the Denmark Open and SaarLorLux Super 100 tournament in October-November, only a few players participated.
Injured badminton star Lakshya Sen removed
Emerging badminton star Lakshya Sen withdrew from the Thailand tour due to a back muscle strain during training. The 19-year-old Lakshya from Uttarakhand won five titles, including the BWF World Tour Super 100 tournament SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open, last year. He has been advised rest by doctors after a back injury. Former Indian coach Vimal Kumar said that unfortunately he would not be able to play in two competitions in Thailand due to stretch in back muscles during target training.