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Top seed Srikanth gets tough draw

India’s top-seeded Kidambi Srikanth was on Monday handed a competitive draw in the men’s singles section of the India Open badminton championship with a clash with reigning World Champion Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, the fifth seed, lined up in the semi-finals.

Other contenders

In the women’s singles, top seed and two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu starts favourite with Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan, the second seed, Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min and India’s Saina Nehwal as the other contenders. Sindhu will open her campaign on Tuesday against compatriot Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli, the semi-finalist at Polish Open 2021.

Loh Kean Yew in same half

Srikanth, the World Championships silver medallist, and World Champion Loh Kean Yew are in the same half of the draw. Srikanth will open his campaign against compatriot Siril Verma in the first round and run into Kim Bruun of Denmark in the second round if the Dane gets the better of Shubhankar Dey. Up next for the Hyderabadi will be compatriot and sixth seed Sameer Verma upfront in the quarter-finals.

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