Sindhu, Saina primed for opening rounds of Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhikesh Das Gupta India Open

New Delhi, January 30: The top guns in the Yonex-Sunrise Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta India Open 2018, a part of the HSBC BWF World Tour 500, got into combat mode on the eve of the tournament by expressing their title ambitions here on Tuesday.

Home">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">Home favourites PV Sindhu and SainaNehwal said that they were banking on their past record and current form whileOlympic champion Carolina Marin stated that she was keen on a sterling show toget ready for a challenging season ahead. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tushar">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">Tushar Sharma/ ChandrabhushanTripathi, Krishna Prasad Garaga/ Dhruv Kapila, Francis Alwin/K Nandagopal,Rohan Kapoor/Shivam Sharma in men's doubles, Shenan Christian/ Riya Gajjar,Rutaparna Panda/ Mithula UK and Raju Mohamed Rehan/ Anees Kowsar, Siddarth/Jagriti Nashier, Shivam Sharma/ Poorvisha S Ram, Vignesh Devlekar/ HarikaVeludurthi in mixed doubles were the qualifiers.

BWF">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">BWF Vice-President – Pan Am, VishuTolan expects many intense battles in tournament. “We at the BWF have strivento develop badminton globally. The HSBC BWF World Tour – of which the IndiaOpen is a Super 500 event – has made it easier for fans to follow our badmintoncircuit. I’m happy to see that the India Open has once again attracted acompetitive draw and I’m sure it will be an entertaining week ofbadminton.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Men's">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">Men's singles

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8-Sai">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">8-Sai Praneeth v Rajiv Ouseph (Eng)

Lee">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">Lee Cheuk Yiu (HK) v 2-KidambiSrikanth (Ind)

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Sourabh">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">Sourabh Verma (Ind) v 4-Shi Yuqi(Chn)

Sameer">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">Sameer Verma (Ind) v 7-AndersAntonsen (Den)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1-PV">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">1-PV Sindhu (Ind) v Natalia KochRohde (Den)

Sofie">#222222;mso-fareast-language:EN-IN">Sofie Holmboe Dahl (Den) v 4-SainaNehwal (IND) 

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