Badminton stars to take to courts today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Nov 2017 09:35:39



By Anupam Soni,

Top Indians Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth; city players Rasika Raje and Malvika Bansod will be seen in action

Session starts with mixed doubles matches at 10 am

WITH their opponents spotted after two days and four rounds of qualifying matches, the Indian badminton stars will join them in the pre-quarter-finals of the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championship that get under way at the Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur, on Monday.
The draws were held in the evening after completion of the qualifying rounds.

While Rio Olympics silver medallist Pusarla Sindhu conducted the men’s singles draw, a top men’s singles player B Sai Praneeth did the honours for women’s singles matches. Top seed Sindhu will take on Maharashtra’s Revati Devasthale while second seed and London Olympics bronze winner Saina Nehwal plays Telangana’s Vrushali G.

City players Rasika Raje, seeded sixth will begin her campaign against Petroleum’s Ruthvika Shivani G and youngster Malvika Bansod, who won hearts during her four victories in the qualifying stage, plays seventh seed Shriyanshi Pardeshi of Madhya Pradesh. If Malvika wins, she will have a match of her lifetime facing Sindhu in the quarter-finals. With Rasika also in the same draw, a Sindhu-Rasika semi-final looms large.In the men’s singles pre-quarters, top seed Petroleum’s K Srikanth will be up against Air India’s Aryamann Tandon. Second seed HS Prannoy is drawn against upcoming Air India player Chirag Sen, who has been world’s top ranked junior player last year.

Saina’s match has been scheduled as sixth match while Sindhu’s as eighth and last of the day on Court 4.
Earlier, all the players arrived in the city on Sunday.
Except for Saina, most of the players hit the courts for over
an hour of practice session after the end of an electrifying men’s doubles match won by Tarun K-Saurabh Sharma 23-25, 21-13, 25-23 against Krishna Prasad G-Gouse Shaik that lasted 58 minutes.

Sindhu chose doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa for practice while Srikanth, Prannoy, Praneeth and youngster Sai Charan slogged it out in the adjacent court.
All the players took time-out to enjoy the theme song ‘De Shuttle’ that was played on the huge screens.
And after a huge round of applause from badminton fans at the end of song, the players meant serious business.