Tokyo Olympics: PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth draw tough opponents in knockouts


India’s PV Sindhu, gunning for her second successive medal, and B Sai Praneeth have been handed a tough draw and are slated to face difficult opponents in the knockout phases of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, beginning on July 23.

In the draw performed by Badminton World Federation on Thursday, the Indian males’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty was clubbed in Group A with Indonesia’s world primary mixture of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.

In ladies’s singles, sixth-seeded Sindhu is positioned in Group J with Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong and Kesinia Polikarpova, a Russia-born Israeli participant. Though the 26-year-old Indian could not break a lot sweat in topping her group, issues will begin for her in the primary knockout spherical, which is the Round of 16.

If issues go as per seeding, she is prone to face Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, who was ranked eleventh in the world a few years in the past, in the pre-quarter finals. Mia had despatched Sindhu packing from the Thailand Open, beating her 21-16, 24-26, 13-21 in the opening spherical in January this yr.

If Sindhu will get previous the damaging Dane, she could run into former world primary Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the quarter-finals.

Things will likely be difficult for Sai Praneeth too, as he has been drawn in Group D and slated to face Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus in Round of 16 and, if profitable, will meet high seed and residential favorite Kento Momota in the quarters.

For Shetty and Rankireddy, the world primary pair will not be the one tough opponents in Group A. They additionally need to take care of a difficult pair in the type of Great Britain’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy.


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