Uphill task for Indian shuttlers at finals

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 May 2018 09:53:08


BANGKOK (Thailand),

A DEPLETED but young team, led by Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy, will face the ardous task of punching above their weight when they compete in the Thomas and Uber Cup Final starting here on Sunday.

With senior shuttlers such as world no 3 P V Sindhu and world no 4 Kidambi Srikanth being rested, Saina and Prannoy will be the only star attraction at the world team championships, where the women’s team won two bronze medals in the last two editions, while their men counterparts failed to make it to the knockout stage in last eight years. Besides world No 9 Prannoy, the men’s team boasts of Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth, Swiss Open winner Sameer Verma and world No 10 (junior rankings) Lakshay Sen in the singles.

National champion pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and the young combo of Arjun MR and Shlok Ramachandran will have to handle the responsibility in doubles.
India have been clubbed with France, Australia and formidable China in Group A of Thomas Cup.