Sameer back in action at US Open

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Jul 2017 10:20:05



BACK in action after recovering from an injury, Sameer Verma will look to putting the best foot forward when he competes at the US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament which begins here from Wednesday. Sameer, who had reached the finals of 2016 Hong Kong Super Series and clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this year,had suffered ashoulder in jury and couldn’t participate at Indonesia and Australia Super Series last month. A former National champion, Sameer was then forced to withdraw from last week’s Canada Open after failing to get visa on time.

The 22-year-old from Dhar will now look to going full throttle when he opens his campaign against Vietnam’s Hoang Nam Nguyen. HS Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap will also look for good results this week after early exits in Calgary. Common wealth Games champion Kashyap will have a tough task ahead when he meets top seed Korean Lee Hyun Il, while second seed Prannoy, who had a good outing at Indonesia Super Series Premier, will face Austria’s Luka Wraber in the opening round. Among other Indians in men’s singles,Abhishek Yelegar will take on third seed Brice Leverdez of France,Lakhanee Sarang wil lface Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto and Harsheel Dani will square off against Mexico’s Arturo Hernandez at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena.

In women’s singles, National champion Rituparna Das and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde will lead the charge in the absence of Saina Nehwal, who pulled out of the event. Shivani will face third seed Japanese Aya Ohori, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli will fight it out against USA’s Maya Chen and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka will take on Netherland’sGayleMahulette.

Rituparna will take on Rachel Honderich,while Reshma Karthik will face Denmark’s Sofie Holmboe Dahl. Mixed doublespair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will face English combo of Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh. Other Indian pairs Kona Tarun and Meghana Jakkampudi and Manu Attri and Maneesha K are also in the fray. In men’s doubles, third seed Manu Attri and BSumeeth Reddy will take on Canadian Jason AnthonyHo-ShueandNyl Yakura. Francis Alwin and Kona Tarun and young pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also in the fray