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15 Oct, 2019
After a two-week hiatus the HSBC BWF World Tour is back and this time, we are in Odense Denmark for the DANISA Denmark Open 2019. With some of the top shuttlers of the world in action, this is expected to be an exciting week ahead for the badminton fans the world over.
The Indian contingent has a strong presence in Odense and will look to make deep inroads into the championships. Kicking off the Indian challenge would be the men’s doubles pairing of Satwik Sairaj & Chirag Shetty, as they take on the formidable duo of Kim Gi Jung/Lee Yong Dae on court #1, in the second match of the day.
Also, on court #1, a little later in the day would be B Sai Praneeth, who will take on two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan in his opening men’s singles match. The draw isn’t Sai’s best friend at the Denmark Open this year, as he is expected to run into world number #1 Kento Momota in the second-round match-up – should he get the better off Lin Dan.
On court #2, Parupalli Kashyap will be in action against Sitthikom Thammasin. Should he beat the Thai challenger, Kashyap could have a potential tie against Sourabh Verma who plays Mark Caljouw their opening round match up. Mark has had a few injury concerns off-late and Sourabh has been in good form since the Hyderabad Open, and will fancy his chances against the Dutchman.
Kidambi Srikanth is also in the fray for the men’s singles and will have a tough against the World Championships Runner-Up Anders Antonsen. Srikanth has had a few niggles and would like to put all of them behind reboot his Olympic qualifications campaign with a good performance in Denmark. Srikanth will play his opening round match-up on Wednesday, just as Sameer Verma would against Kanta Tsuneyama.
PV Sindhu will be on court #2, for her opening round encounter against Indonesian Gregoria Mariska Tunjung. The Indian ace would be keen to make a deep inroad into the Denmark Open after a couple of underwhelming performances (by her lofty standards) at the China & Korean Open. Should Sindhu get through her opening two rounds, a mouthwatering QFs clash against reigning Olympic Champion Carolina Marin could be the match of the tournament.
However, Marin doesn’t have it all too easy with the draw as she opens against Pompawee Chongchuwong and should she win the first round could face top seed Akane Yamaguchi in the second.
Saina Nehwal is the second Indian in the women’s singles fray, as she will take on Sayaka Takahashi in her opening round tie on Wednesday. She could potentially face the second seed Chen Yu Fei at the QFs stage. Chen opens her campaign against winner of the Hyderabad Open Yeo Jia Min.
Women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa/Sikki Reddy will be the penultimate pair on court for the day. They will square off against the top seeds Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara in a tough opening round match.
All the mixed doubles Sikki will pair up with Pranav Jerry Chopra to take on the German pair Marvin Seidel/Linda Efler, while Ashwini will be with Satwik Sairaj to take on the second seeds Wang Yi Lyu/Huang Dong Ping. Both these matches are slated for Wednesday.