PV Sindhu leads India in Hong Kong Super Series

The 22-year-old from Hyderabad is expected to meet Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the quarters if she crosses the first two rounds. Yamaguchi has been in sizzling form this season and clinched the China Open title last week after making her third successive final.


The Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will be playing her fifth successive tournament in little over a month and have to battle exhaustion when she leads India’s challenge at the $400,000 Hong Kong Open Super Series

The star shuttler didn’t have much time to prepare after literally living out of suitcase in the last month and the gruesome schedule affected Sindhu as last week she was a tad slow in her movement on court and her strokes also lacked the trademark sharpness.  

The result has Sindhu suffered a listless loss against a young talent in China's Gao Fangjie, who went on to reach the final at China Open Super Series Premier last week. The Indian will have to recover quickly from that defeat and put her best foot forward against a qualifier in the opening round.

The 22-year-old from Hyderabad is expected to meet Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the quarters if she crosses the first two rounds. Yamaguchi has been in sizzling form this season and clinched the China Open title last week after making her third successive final.

World No. 2 K Srikanth, who has clinched four titles and reached five finals this season, will be missing in action for the second successive week after failing to completely recover from a muscle strain.

Among other Indians, national champions Saina Nehwal and H S Prannoy have also been on the road like Sindhu and they too will look to end the season on a high.

While World No. 10 Prannoy will face experienced Hong Kong's Hu Yun in the opening round, Saina, ranked 11th, opens her campaign against Denmark's Mette Poulsen in the women's singles.