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Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen lead India’s challenge at HYLO Open

Prime shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and in-form Lakshya Sen will spearhead the Indian problem on the HYLO Open Tremendous 500 badminton event starting right here on Tuesday.

Sixth seeded Srikanth confirmed indicators of returning to kind final week as he put up a spirited struggle in opposition to two-time world champion Kento Momota of Japan earlier than dropping within the French Open second spherical.

The Indian misplaced the match narrowly after squandering a two-point lead within the decider however he’ll look to take give attention to the positives and put his greatest foot ahead when he begins his marketing campaign right here in opposition to Japan’s Koki Watanabe.

Younger Lakshya, ranked world no 22, had a good outing on the Denmark Open and French Open with second spherical and quarterfinal finishes respectively. He’ll look to proceed the momentum when he takes on France’s Thomas Rouxel within the opening match.

The 20-year-old from Almora shall be desirous to recover from the frustration of getting to drag out of the occasion final yr after his father and coach DK Sen had examined COVID-19 optimistic.

Sameer Verma, ranked 21, additionally had a very good outing within the final two weeks, reaching the final 16 and closing eight respectively however his marketing campaign was lower brief by a calf damage as he retired halfway on each events.

The 27-year-old from Dhar is scheduled to tackle Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn in his marketing campaign opener however a query mark nonetheless stays on his health.

Amongst different Indians within the occasion, which was earlier generally known as SaarLorLux Open, former champion Subhankar Dey will meet Korea’s Lee Dong Keun, HS Prannoy has been pitted in opposition to Eire’s Nhat Nguyen, whereas Sourabh Verma will cross swords with Max Weisskirchen of Germany.

Males’s doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri, ladies’s doubles mixture of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy may even look to get their confidence again after they compete within the event.

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