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Denmark Open 2017: Schedule for PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Srikanth Kidambi first round matches

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PV Sindhu looks to make a strong start

All the top Indian shuttlers will be in action on Wednesday, October 17, 2017 as the first round starts at the Denmark Open. The Indian challenge will be led by the trio of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi.

Here are all the details about their matches:

Tournament Name: $750, 000 Danisa Denmark Open

Category: Superseries Premier

Venue: Odense, Denmark

Time:

Women’s singles:

Saina Nehwal vs (5) Carolina Marin at 5.15pm local time ie 8.45pm IST

(2) PV Sindhu vs Chen Yufei at 9pm local time ie 12.30am IST (October 19, 2017)

Men’s singles:

(8) Srikanth Kidambi vs Qualifier at 3.45pm local time ie 7.15pm IST

Channel: Star Sports 1/Star Sports 1 HD (Live telecast of the tournament from October 19, 2017)

Live streaming: Star Sports Hotstar

Also read: Denmark Open 2017: PV Sindhu primed for a deep run, tough opener for Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal (WR #12) vs (5) Carolina Marin (WR #4)

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After a year of barren run on the BWF circuit, the Olympic champion Carolina Marin finally got to taste glory again by winning the Japan Open Superseries last month. And that is not music to Saina Nehwal’s ears.

Marin made her intentions very clear when they met in the second round in Tokyo in September. Being free of injuries has given her back her lost confidence, speed and aggression. The World Championships bronze medallist Nehwal was able to keep pace with the Spanish southpaw in the first game but in the second game, the two-time world champion showed her full repertoire of shots.

Until and unless Saina amps up the intensity on her attack, this will be a tough proposition for the Indian.

Also read: Japan Open 2017: Saina Nehwal knocked out by Carolina Marin

(2) PV Sindhu (WR #2) vs Chen Yufei (WR #10)

Head-to-head: Sindhu leads 2-1

At 19, Chen Yufei has already shown that she is shaping up to be China’s next superstar. If nothing else, she established her immense talent thoroughly by reaching the semi-finals of the World Championships in Glasgow this year where she accounted for the top seed Akane Yamaguchi and former champion Ratchanok Intanon.

The reigning world junior champion was ultimately halted by PV Sindhu there. Even though the teenager did beat Sindhu at the Malaysia Open months before that, the Indian would be careful not to let her settle into a nice rhythm. Besides, the World Championships silver medallist is itching to get back to winning ways after her Japan Open setback where she was evidently tired. Bolstered by a three-week training block post the Asian swing, Sindhu should be eyeing a deep run in the European swing.

Also read: World Badminton Championships 2017: PV Sindhu beats Chen Yufei to enter the final

Schedule for the rest of the Indian contingent:

Men’s singles:

HS Prannoy vs Emil Holst at 2.15pm local time ie 5.45pm IST

B Sai Praneeth vs Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus at 4.30pm local time ie 8pm IST

Men’s doubles:

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty vs Chung Eui Seok and Kim Dukyoung at 11.15am local time ie 2.45pm IST

Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy vs (6) Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding at 5.15pm local time ie 8.45pm IST

Women’s doubles:

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy vs Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean at 6pm local time ie 9.30pm IST

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