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Sai-Sindhu clash likely at Indonesia Open

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Jakarta, May 24: World No.1 shuttler Sai Nehwal has been seeded second and faces a likely clash against compatriot P.V. Sindhu in only the second round of the women's singles at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier to be held here from June 2 to 7.

Sai, who has won here in 2009, 2010 and 2012, first takes on Thai Nichaon Jindapon against whom the Indian has won all three meetings yet. World No.12 Sindhu faces Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei. If both the Hyderabadi girls win, it means a clash of the two Indian badminton queens at the Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Sai won the only official match played against Sindhu, winning the fil in straight games to lift the India Grand Prix Gold Trophy in January 2014. Reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of Chi has been seeded first.

In men's singles, World No.4 Kidambi Srikanth has been seeded No.4 and opens his campaign against Danish World No.14 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, who has a 1-0 advantage in career meetings of the Guntur-born.

Parupalli Kashyap is also in the same half of the draw and take on Thai Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in the opener.

Praav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar and Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy are the two Indian pairs in men's doubles while two-time Commonwealth Games medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponppa will lead the Indian challenge in women's doubles.

There will be no Indian representation in mixed doubles. IANS

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