Top Indian male shuttlers HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen have pulled out of the Syed Modi India International Tournament starting on Tuesday.
With these two withdrawing, the Super 300 badminton tournament will lose the superstar presence leaving Kidmabi Srikanth as the top Indian male shuttler in the tournament.
Asian Games bronze medallist Prannoy had recovered from a back injury to reach the quarterfinals at China Masters Super 750, while Canada Open winner Sen, world No. 17, hasn’t looked himself with six first-round exits since August.
Olympic medallist P V Sindhu is also missing in action as she recovers from an injury.
It has been a hectic schedule for the players and with the Olympic qualification on the line, players would like to be fresh for the next season. The BWF ‘Race to Paris Ranking Lists’ of 30 April will be considered for qualification.
Among other Indian male shuttlers apart from Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Indonesia Masters winner Kiran George and Orleans Masters winner Priyanshu Rajawat will be there.
Six seed Srikanth will open against Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hao Lee, while Priyanshu will face Dmitriy Panarin of Kazakhstan. Kiran will take on a qualifier and Praneeth, who has been struggling with form, will face Japan’s second seed Kenta Nishimoto.
World junior championships silver medalist S Sankar Muthusway will take on Arnaud Merkle of France, Mithun Manjunath will also face France’s Alex Lanier, and former world number 11 Sameer Verma will take on Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei.
In women’s singles, Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap, Unnati Hooda, Anupama Upadhaya, Ashmita Chaliha, Tanya Hemanth, Tasnim Mir and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde are in the fray.