Return of badminton: Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen to start title hunt at Denmark Open


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File photograph of Kidambi Srikanth.

Olympic hopeful Kidambi Srikanth and fast-rising Lakshya Sen will look to strike the fitting notice from the phrase go as they return to aggressive badminton on the $750,000 Denmark Open, which is able to re-start the calender after a COVID-19 pressured seven-month hiatus.

With Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap withdrawing from the event on the eleventh hour, all eyes shall be on Srikanth and Lakshya as they resume their title hunt on the Tremendous 750 occasion.

Former world no 1 Srikanth, who had claimed the Denmark title three years again, had been battling a sequence of accidents and detached type within the final couple of years and the COVID-19 enforced break helped him to work on his physique and recreation.

The 27 years outdated from Guntur will search for a contemporary begin as he tries to rediscover his outdated self and reclaim the misplaced glory. He’ll open towards world no 52 Toby Penty of England within the second half of the draw.

Lakshya, however, had been on a title-winning spree final yr, claiming as many as 5 titles, together with two BWF World Tour Tremendous 100 high honours — SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open — to zoom to 32nd within the worldwide standings.

However with the lethal pandemic bringing every little thing to a halt in March, it has been a irritating look ahead to Lakshya, who’s at the moment ranked world No 27.

The 19-year-old from Uttarakhand is now able to go full throttle when he begins his marketing campaign right here with a conflict towards France’s Christo Popov, who gained the primary medal for his nation on the World Junior Championships final yr.

“I’ve improved quite a bit and I’m in a greater form than final yr. It’s the first occasion for everybody, so I can not count on something, will simply go all out from the beginning,” Lakshya mentioned.

“I acquired a variety of confidence after coaching for the previous couple of months however until I play matches, put myself in a strain state of affairs, I will not be capable to assess myself. So I’m actually excited.”

Moreover, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey too shall be aiming to go deep within the males’s singles draw that has been left depleted because of the withdrawals of the Japanese contingent, together with world champion Kento Momota, world no 35 Koki Watanabe, world no 11 Kanta Tsuneyama.

Former world no 13 Jayaram, who was lacking in motion as a result of an extended damage lay-off, was discovering his groove early this yr when he reached the semifinals at Barcelona Masters.

However the well being disaster halted his progress and he cannot wait to go all out when he takes on native favorite and world no three Anders Antonsen within the opening spherical.

For world no 46 Subhankar, Denmark is sort of a second residence as he has had stints in two Danish golf equipment — Ikast FS badminton membership in 2015 and Greve Strands BK in the previous couple of years.

The 27-year-old, who had gained the 2018 SaarLorLux Open, will cross swords with Canada’s world no 49 Jason Anthony Ho-Shue within the first spherical.
Subhankar plans to remain again in Denmark after the completion of the event to play few matches on the Danish league.

Lakshya, Subhankar and Jayaram may even be travelling to Germany for the SaarLorLux Open to be held from October 27 to November in Saarbrucken.
Denmark Open is the one event to be held this yr with BWF pressured to maneuver the World Tour Finals (Jan 27-31) and the 2 Asia opens (Jan 12-17 and Jan 19-24) to Bangkok in January subsequent yr.

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