Denmark Open Badminton 2017: Schedule for Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, Prannoy HS matches
3 Indians play on Friday in the quarter finals
Three Indian shuttlers will be in action on Friday, October 20 2017 in the quarter finals of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier. Kidambi Srikanth, Prannoy HS and Saina Nehwal have made it to the quarterrfinal stage of the tournament, and will battle it out for a last four spot at the Odense Sports Park, on Friday.
Here are all the details about the matches:
Tournament Name: DANISA Denmark Open
Category: Superseries Premier
Venue: Odense, Denmark
Srikanth Kidmabi vs Victor Axelsen after 3:30 PM local time, ie after 7PM IST
Son Wan Ho vs Prannoy HS after 3:30 PM local time ie after 7PM IST
Saina Nehwal vs Akane Yamaguchi after 3:30 PM local time ie after 7PM IST
Channel: Star Sports 1/ Star Sports HD
Live streaming: Hotstar
Srikanth Kidambi  vs Victor Axelsen 
Head to Head: 0-0
Srikanth Kidmabi along with Sai Praneeth created history in 2017 when they became the first ever Indian pair to enter the finals of a ranking event in Badminton. Continuing his impressive run, Srikanth became the first Indian to win the Indonesia Super Series Premier. He did not settle here and also won Australian Super Series, and is eyeing yet another feather in his cap with the Denmark Open.
Victor Axelsen is on a roll as he became the World Champion in 2017 becoming the third Danish player ever to do so. He also won the Japan Open and Indian Open this year and is ready to give Kidmabi a tough time in the match on Friday. Both players above all, have been world beaters lately and this will surely be a match catching all eyes.
Son Wan Ho  vs Prannoy HS 
Head to Head: Son leads 1-0
Although the odds are in the favor of the Korean, Prannoy enters this match after defeating former World number 1, Lee Chong Wei and cannot be overruled. Prannoy defeated Lee Chong Wei earlier this year as well along with the reigning Olympic Champion, Chen Long Son Wan-ho on the other hand finished third in the recently concluded World Championships and will be eyeing more glory in the tournament.
Both the players have comfortably won their previous games in the tournament which shows their readiness for this game. Prannoy really needs to give his best ever performance to make a mark in this game and make the country proud.
Saina Nehwal  vs Akane Yamaguchi 
Head to Head: 0-0
Saina has been on a downfall lately from being the best in the world to just an above average shuttler, after being troubled by knee injuries. However, she has been on a path of resurrection after winning the Malaysian Masters in 2017. Yamaguchi on the other hand has been on a constant rise at a young age and will have age on her side in the game. She won the Denmark Open last year and definitely knows what it takes to win a title like this.
This year as well, she won the German Open and finished second in the Australian Open. Saina on the other hand, has immense big game experience and has 21 individual titles in her kitty and thus can never be ruled out. She will need a lot of presence of mind to defeat the Japenese.