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Shuttler Sindhu aims at Macau Open title (Preview)

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Macau, Nov 28 (IANS) Defending champion P.V. Sindhu will look to continuing her prime form at the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here, starting on Tuesday.

The Rio Olympics silver medallist will take on China's Yue Han in the opening match of the tournament on Wednesday. Sidhu lost in the final of the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

Her compatriot Saina Nehwal, who recovered from a knee surgery which affected her Olympic campaign three months back, will also vye for the top honours.

She also participated in recent Hong Kong Open in which she went till the quarter final stage, showing a steady improvement in her fitness.

The Hyderabadi shuttler will face Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini in the opening round.

On an interesting note, both shuttlers-- Sindhu and Saina-- could also face each other in the summit clash on Sunday, if both last the distance.

In the men's singles category, Sameer Verma, who was in spotlight after reaching the finals at Hong Kong, is also participating in the tournament.

He will take on Milan Ludik of Czech in the opening round.

Making a comeback after a long break, Parupalli Kashyap will also hope to shrug off the disappointment when he will take on Malaysia's Guo Zheng Sim.

Among other Indians in the fray, third seeds Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy will face Hong Kong's Chan Alan Yun Lung and Li Kuen Hon in the men's doubles catgories.

Jwala Gutta with Manu Attri will take on Satrya Aditha and Aprilsasi Putri Lejarsar Variella of Indonesia the mixed doubles category.

--IANS

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