PV Sindhu and Srikanth to begin quest for title at Indonesia Open

Vastavam web: Rejuvenated after a month’s break, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will look to produce the goods and break this season’s title drought when she spearheads the Indian campaign at the USD 1,250,000 Indonesia Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 beginning here on Tuesday. A title has eluded Sindhu ever since she stood on the podium with the gold medal at the World Tour Finals last December. Sindhu has not looked her usual self as she failed to reach a single final so far this season and has made it to only two semi-finals in six tournaments.

The fifth seeded Indian will have her first final of the season in sight when she opens against Japan’s Aya Ohori on Wednesday. However, it will be easier said than done as another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara stands on her way to the quarterfinals. “It has not been really great. I think I have to do much better. I have worked on mental as well as physical fitness. I have been working out on my skills a lot more,” Sindhu had said recently.

In men’s singles, world no 9 Kidambi Srikanth, who was sidelined by a knee injury ahead of the Sudirman Cup, will also test his form and fitness when he opens against Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto. B Sai Praneeth, who has looked in good touch having reached the finals at Swiss Open, will be up against Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, while HS Prannoy will face an imposing task of taming second seed China’s Shi Yu Qi Wednesday.